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ICT Newsletter March 2012

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Headline News:
OFSTED required continuing high quality ICT teaching and learning in all schools.
Naace ICT Curriculum proposals published.
New e-safety resources from BCS and Munch, Ping, Poke.

ICT – The Ofsted View
In recent speeches at both the Naace Conference and also this week in Oldham David Brown, the Ofsted National Adviser for ICT reminded us that:

  • From Sep 2012 schools are still required to teach ICT.
  • Schools will need to demonstrate to Ofsted inspectors that they have an appropriate ICT programme of study in place for all key stages.
  • School can choose how they teach ICT.
  • Schools will need to demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of the levels of attainment in ICT expected of students.
  • Demonstrate that their students are satisfactorily reaching the expected levels of attainment.

This is taken to mean that the current ICT curriculum and POS is the baseline, with schools expected to improve on it and the way it is taught, particularly in those areas highlighted as deficient in the recent Ofsted report on ICT in Schools 2008 – 2011(http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/ict-schools-2008-11). These are obviously well crafted and politically careful statements, but any school leader who thinks ICT has been removed from the curriculum is very much mistaken. ICT continues as a subject of the National Curriculum and must be taught.

Schools should note that there has been much mis-reporting of Gove’s BETT speech and of the recent RSA ‘Report Shut down or Restart? The way forward for Computing in UK schools’. (See http://royalsociety.org/education/policy/computing-in-schools/). This called for a radical overhaul of the ICT curriculum in England to ensure that young people can be ‘creators of technology’, and not just users of it. Naace offers its voice to this overhaul via its latest curriculum proposals and stresses that in order to meet changed expectations ICT needs to be much more than simply Computer Science.

A Reminder of the DfE position on ICT
ICT has not been abolished, only the outdated Programmes of Study (from Sept 2012). Schools are still required to teach ICT but may now develop their own more challenging schemes of work (though the existing level descriptors provide a baseline for standards. Schools do not have to teach programming or coding, though may wish to do so as part of a balanced ICT curriculum. The message is to ‘keep calm and carry on’. No radical changes should be made until the Expert Panel makes it recommendations for the new National Curriculum sometime next year. Development planning should however seek to encourage greater technical and computing knowledge and understanding.

Naace KS3 ICT Curriculum Proposals
Naace has been developing an ICT curriculum for all key stages and has just published its detailed proposals for Key Stage 3, copies of which can be down loaded in .pdf format from http://www.naace.co.uk/ks3ictcurriculum .

The Naace proposals, created by Allison Allen and Paul Heinrich are designed to ensure that learners have a sound knowledge of:

  • Technical aspects of ICT and computing
  • Core applications and how to use them effectively
  • Safety, security and the law
  • Business aspects of ICT Digital literacy and personal use of ICT

The curriculum based around the core concepts of Digital Life, Digital Tools and Digital Technologies is designed to be broad and balanced such that students are well prepared for a range of KS4 option choices such as Computer Science, Business Studies, iMedia, Cambridge Nationals and similar.

A similar curriculum for KS1 and KS2 is under development and will be published in the summer term 2012.

E-Safety Update

New BCS Qualification
The BCS have recently announced a new qualification in e-safety for KS3 and KS4 that has been designed to give learners the knowledge and understanding they need to protect themselves online. Delivered in the classroom via PSHE lessons it provides 20 hours of guided learning mapped to the curriculum and comes complete with lesson plans and materials for tutor led delivery as well as access to e-learning content. Full details are available at http://www.bcs.org/category/14422 .

Munch Poke Ping
Munch Poke Ping at www.carrick-davies.com/mpp is a new e-safety resource for those working with vulnerable youngsters. This work, initially in Pupil Referral Units started with a grant from the TDA last year and looked at how vulnerable young people view risk and harm and how staff support and seek to protect these students within their educational establishment. A report on the work is available at www.carrick-davies.com/mpp/mpp-report .

The developing website will showcase 4 case studies from PRUs plus a series of practical resources (AUP advice and links to organisations working with excluded YP etc).  

The latest film on the site, produced with students is a film on what young people are calling ‘Fraping’ (although this phrase is problematic – but Google it and you’ll see what a serious and abusive issue it is becoming).  You can access this at www.carrick-davies.com/mpp/whos-this . There is also a film in which staff share their challenges about using social media in PRUS and how the YP were involved in sharing their experience.

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Written by Paul Heinrich

March 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

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