ICT Policy

Priestthorpe Primary School

 ICT Policy

 August 2012

 ICT is the use of computer equipment and software to communicate and handle information in order to support problem solving, recording and expressive work.  It prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world. ICT is taught to enable children to develop the fundamental I.T skills, which will enable them to access and support learning in all other subjects, and prepare each child for tomorrow’s technological future.

 Aims

  • Develop skills in ICT and provide ICT entitlement for all pupils as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Provide opportunities for collaborative and independent learning
  • Develop ICT as a tool for learning and investigation in all subjects.
  • To ensure teachers have access to appropriate training
  • To use ICT to develop partnerships beyond the school.
  • To help children evaluate the benefits of ICT and its impact on society.

 Relationship to other subjects

Although the  ICT programmes of study and attainment targets have been disapplied from the National Curriculum from September 2012, ICT still has a central role to play as a tool to enhance learning across the curriculum.

ICT will be used in all curricular areas and teachers will use technology where it will enhance learning and engage learners.

 

Organisation of ICT within the curriculum.

The school has adopted a ‘theme-based’ approach to teaching across the curriculum, therefore ICT skills will be the focus of learning activities. These should show progression and continuity throughout the school. The school follows the Bradford ICT framework. This framework shows a progression of ICT skills that are split into seven units. These are multimedia, digital imagery, sound and music, communicating and publishing, research, data handling and control, modelling and simulations.

The skills listed in these subjects are taught throughout the year and are cross referenced by teachers in their planning.

 

Teaching and Learning Approaches.

  • ICT will be taught using elements of whole class teaching, group work and independent work.
  • It will be taught by the class teacher.

 

Assessment, recording and reporting

  • Examples of the top, middle and bottom children’s work will be collected in a portfolio upon completion of each taught ICT skill.
  • Targets based on the National Curriculum levels will be set for each year group. These will be taken from the Bradford ICT Framework that the school is following.

 

Equal Opportunities

  • The needs of the majority of our children will be met through carefully differentiated planning, allowing access to children of all abilities to a full range of experiences.
  • All children will have equal access to all parts of the curriculum.               
  • Children who are experiencing difficulties for any reason are entitled to individual programmes designed to help them overcome their problems. These will be formulated in consultation with the SENCO and the ICT co-ordinator where appropriate.
  • A range of materials may be available to support specific problems.  Parents will be informed of any special measures being taken and due regard will be given to the S.E.N Code of Practice.
  • Children who are particularly gifted in this area are also entitled to specific programmes to extend and develop their work at an appropriate level within the National Curriculum.

 

Resources

  • 60 laptops are available for children’s use. These are stored in Years 3 & 4.
  • There are 30 Netbooks for children to use.
  • Every class teacher has their own laptop.
  • Each classroom has an Interactive whiteboard and projector.
  • Each classroom has a visualiser.
  • Each classroom has a digital camera.
  • There are 15 digital cameras for the children to use.
  • There are 15 flip cameras for the children to use.
  • There are 15 Easi speak microphones to use.
  • Reception and Nursery have access to networked computers
  • All pupils have access to online resources at school and at home. These include Google Apps for Education to create documents and build their own web sites. They also have access to a range of creative tools through Purple Mash.

 

Staff development

In line with the staff development policy, training and development needs will be met as required.  Specific needs relating to this subject are:

  • basic skills training which will take place through INSET, attending courses or individual programmes.

Individual training needs will be identified by the ICT co-ordinator by talking to the class teacher. Where possible these needs will be met by the ICT co-ordinator, and by teachers attending relevant courses.

Staff are aware of e safety developments and are trained

 

Roles and responsibilities

  • Lead the development and review of school policies for this curriculum area.
  • Provide help, advice and support to other members of staff .
  • Monitor and evaluate the teaching of ICT throughout the school.
  • Liaise with outside agencies and keep the headteacher informed.
  • Manage the resources including ordering and maintaining stock and encouraging the use of materials.
  • Assist in promoting parental interest and understanding
  • Draw up action plans that outline the necessary development, training and resource needs, including on-going maintenance tasks.

 Monitoring and Evaluation

The  ICT co-ordinator will monitor and evaluate the implementation of policies, planning and agreed assessments throughout school to ensure continuity and progression.

 Health and Safety

  • All staff are aware of the ‘Laptops computers and the Health and Safety Regulations 1992.’ (A copy can be found in the office)
  • Children and staff are taught about safe use of the computer
  • Staff will ensure that there are no dangling cables or extension leads trailing round.

 

 

The school has developed a web site which is accessible to children, parents, staff and governors. This is regularly updated with class newsletters and information. Pupils in key stage two are able to add comments and posts to our school blogs. They can also create and upload documents through our Google Apps for Education site. See http://launchpad.priestthorpe.org/ .

 

See also E Safety Policy.

  

Tim Bleazard

August 2012.