The schools learning and ICT vision is developed and shared by subject specialists seeking to increase the levels of attainment in their subjects, exploring new ways of learning and the management of learning. The vision created belongs to all students, staff and the schools local and global learning communities.
Philosophy of Learning and Pedagogy
A learner centred approach supporting students choice of preferred learning styles and learning environments. Students are able to collaborate with other learners, integrating learning across subjects, utilising a wide range of student found resources. The use of ICT to investigate and explore new approaches to learning is accepted.
Development Plans and Policies
The individual subject areas integrate ICT into their plans and policies within the whole school development plan and policies. The schools planning processes encourage collaborative approaches to learning and the management of learning by staff and students. The funding of ICT is broadly based and integral to the annual budgetary cycle. The provision of funding covers all aspects of ICT provision, including professional development.
Facilities and Resources
The whole school is networked to ensure access to multimedia ICT and learning rich resources wherever you are in the school and out of school, and via the Intranet and Internet. The computer labs and classroom computers are sufficient in number to allow ready access by students and staff in most subjects across the school. The content is critically appraised to ensure it matches the requirements of the curriculum supporting a wide range of multi-sensory learning styles. All staff identifies the software and learning resources required. Onsite technical support is provided to ensure the ICT works when required. A wide range of peripheral and remote working devices, including video-conferencing are provided and integrated into the curriculum. Large and small group presentation facilities are readily available.
Understanding the Curriculum
The curriculum provides the opportunity for students to integrate their ICT literacy into problem solving and projects offering new ways for students to demonstrate their learning. The curriculum seeks to use real context for learning, using school based and externally available resources. ICT is used as a tutor to support specific learning goals. Staff regularly review the curriculum for opportunities to integrate ICT.
Professional Development of School Staff
The emphasis is on the professional development of teachers subject skills and capabilities to apply ICT in a range of contexts. The provision of school-based in-service training to support the shared development of collaborative, cross curriculum uses of ICT complements external provision. The schools programme of professional development has evolved to meet changing needs and new opportunities.
Staff and students make ready use of their local and emerging global learning communities to provide specific assistance for the curriculum making use of the additional opportunities offered through ICT, especially the Internet and video-conferencing. The school has a regular programme to attract donations and grants to further develop the ICT resources and curriculum.
The students assessments are integrated into the whole curriculum, with reports on attainment informing all teachers in planning teaching and learning programmes of study. The students are responsible for maintaining a personal portfolio, demonstrating their attainment, over time, using ICT facilities and resources to complement paper based records. The assessments inform whole school curriculum planning and resource allocations.