ICT progresses alongside the world around us. ICT skills are a fundamental aspect of the 21st Century and as a result we aim to ensure that the learning for our students is relevant and forward thinking, preparing our students for the workplace.
ICT at Bishopton:
‘The students use ICT across the curriculum as well as for recreational use during their free time. At Bishopton, we aim to make ICT fun by using exciting, new technology and multimedia to teach students the skills they need post sixteen. Our specialist teachers and teaching assistants strive to deliver a curriculum that enables students to acquire the appropriate transferable skills, knowledge and understanding that they will use throughout their lives.’
As the world around us moves and changes at such a rapid pace, computing skills are celebrated as an essential part of education. At Bishopton we teach invaluable skills such as logical reasoning, design and structured problem solving.
The ICT department’s main aim is to help students develop skills that will genuinely aid them in the future, whether in terms of going on to further studies or in the workplace. We attempt to expand on the students existing ICT skills in a way that gives them a sense of the practical purposes of their increased knowledge.
All students study and develop the established common set of ICT skills. They are helped to develop their ability with Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentation Software, Databases and coding as a starting point.
As much as possible though, we try to introduce the students to aspects of ICT that they have not experienced in the past. We introduce them to more creative uses of ICT, such as developing their skills manipulating digital images with Photoshop, creating computer graphics, designing websites, editing video and audio, some basic programming, and designing animations.
Qualifications suit the students’ individual needs. KS4 students currently study the Cambridge National curriculum, where their knowledge and creativity are developed in sync.