As a new Free School, One In A Million has always sought to use the most state-of-the-art ICT. This includes ensuring all students have access to either an iPad or a ChromeBook. In addition we have a computer suite that houses 24 IMacs and all classrooms have Interactive Whiteboards. There is WiFi access throughout the school.
Given this high quality equipment we have the following aspirations that is reflected in the National curriculum document:
‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.‘
We aim to ensure that our student can:
- understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- responsibly, competently and confidently become creative users of information and communication technology
This last point is really important to us. We understand that using technology is both a privilege in that it aids learning and communication but also a responsibility as the inappropriate use of technology can not only be hurtful but, in some cases, illegal. With that in mind our ICT and computing courses comply with our rigorous safeguarding and child protection policies.
Students have a lesson of ICT or computing every week. Students can further develop their skills by either engaging in a GCSE Computing or ICT course at KS4 or getting involved in the enrichment programme that allows students to explore elements of art outside of the national curriculum.
For more information on our ICT provision visit the ICT section