ICT Across the Curriculum Policy

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					         Moat Community College
            ICT Across the Curriculum (ICTAC) Policy


The aim of this policy is:

     to give students opportunities to apply and develop ICT
      capability across the curriculum (all subjects)
     to improve learning opportunities across the curriculum (all
     to improve the quality of teaching via the use of ICT
     to provide teaching staff with effective training in the use of
     to inform teaching staff as to the expected ICT capabilities of
      students at any given time in KS3
     to provide ICT resources at Moat Community College to
      enable the above

2. Requirements for ICT in the National Curriculum

There are two statutory responsibilities within the National
Curriculum for teaching ICT in schools. Schools need to ensure that
all students are:
   taught the programme of study, at each key stage, as set out in
    the National Curriculum for Information and communication
    technology – the attainment target, ICT capability, sets out the
    expected standard of students’ performance required at each
   given opportunities to apply and develop their ICT capability
    through the use of ICT tools to support their learning in all

The first bullet point focuses upon teaching ICT as a subject
whereas the second point refers to applying the subsequent ICT
capability across other subjects.

3. ICTAC Audit

An effective model of applying and developing ICT across the
curriculum depends on a number of factors, including:

a) effective teaching of the National Curriculum programme of
   study for ICT (the subject);

b) appropriate opportunities for students to apply and develop ICT
   capability in a range of subjects and contexts (transferable
   knowledge, skills and understanding);

c) deployment of resources so that subject areas can access ICT
   when it is needed, including provision of ICT within subject
   classrooms or areas;

d) a policy for purchasing of resources that maximises their use and
   allows for flexibility of use;

e) appropriate subject-specific resources in all departments, that
   are selected on the basis of fulfilling subject learning objectives;

f) planned use of ICT in schemes of work for all subjects, so that
   resources can be appropriately deployed and organised;

g) whole-staff awareness of ICT capability and what can
reasonably be
    expected of students in each year.

a) to g) are covered by an annual audit of ICT at Moat Community
4. The relationship between ‘ICT – the subject’

   and ‘ICT – in subjects’

Students’ ability to apply their ICT capability across the curriculum
is largely dependent on the effective teaching and learning of ICT in
the first place. Students’ use of ICT in other subjects may be
ineffective if they do not already have an appropriate level and
understanding of ICT capability. This may result in a lack of
progress in both ICT and the subject area. Students who try to
learn new areas of ICT at the same time as new subject content will
often fail in both endeavours.

5. Key concepts in the Framework for teaching ICT

The National Curriculum programme of study for ICT groups the
knowledge, skills and understanding that students need to acquire
into four themes:
 finding things out;
 developing ideas and making things happen;
 exchanging and sharing information;
 reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses.

The Framework for teaching ICT capability: Years 7,8 and 9 (DfES
0321/2002) subdivides each of the first three themes into three key
concepts. The resulting nine key concepts describe the breadth of
ICT capability and progression in learning through Key Stage 3. This
provides a useful vehicle when discussing how ICT can most
enhance teaching and learning in subjects. The fourth theme
(reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses) is a
critical feature of ICT capability, which needs to be integrated
throughout all areas.
6. Roles and responsibilities for ICT

Responsibilities for ICT/ICTAC at Moat Community College are as

  Principal and relevant members of SMT:
– reporting to the governing body, providing the overall vision and
setting priorities for the future development of ICT. They will
balance the needs of various departments for facilities and for
professional and technical support.

  ICT/Network Coordinator:
– will be responsible for coordinating the cross-curricular use of ICT
to support learning in all subjects, and for allocating equipment,
accommodation and professional support for ICT throughout the

  Head of department for ICT:
–will have responsibility for the teaching and assessment of the
programme of study for ICT.

  Heads of department and teachers i/c subjects:
– will be responsible for ensuring that ICT is used productively to
promote students’ learning in their subject and will agree with the
ICT/Network coordinator the facilities needed to make this possible.
7. Use of ICTAC

Teachers can plan to use ICT as a teaching tool in different ways,
for example:
 the teacher using a laptop and projection unit from the front of
   the classroom;
 small groups students at computers working collaboratively;
 an individual student in a class needing sole access to a
   computer for a whole lesson;
 students needing access to dedicated computers or peripheral
   devices such as scanners, printers, digital cameras;
 students needing access to ICT outside of lesson time;
 small groups of pupils, working around an interactive
   whiteboard, presenting to the rest of the class.

Allocation of ICT funding

Funding for developing ICT in any subject area will be established
on a student and department needs basis.

STAFF         PROCEDURE                           TIMING           Who else is
RESPONSIBLE                                                        involved
Principal           Share whole school           JANUARY-         SLT/ICT co-
                     vision with SLT and ICT      MARCH            ordinator
                     co-ordinator (ICTC).                          (ICTC)
                    Ascertain costings and
                     other implications.
                    Decide on whole school
                     ICT targets and include
                     them in College
                     Improvement Plan
                    Principal, SLT and ICTC      MARCH
                     to decide upon
                     department bids and
                     allocate funding

Subject             Agree objectives for the     ICT              Department
Leader               department based on          Development      members and
                     whole college and            plan proforma:   Subject
                     specialist college vision.                    Leaders
                    Write the targets and        JANUARY-
                     outcomes into                FEBRUARY
                     improvement plan.
                    Meet with ICTC to            ICT bidding
                     ascertain costings and       proforma:
                     other implications for
                     the department.              JANUARY -
                    Complete ICT bid             FEBRUARY
                    Assess ongoing
                     department needs based
                     on regular discussion
                     with staff.

ICT Co-             Advise Principal and SLT     JANUARY TO       PRINCIPAL/
ordinator            on whole school vision       MARCH            SLT/ICTC
                     and ICT initiatives.
                    Cost the targets.
                    Write IS improvement         FEBRUARY TO      ICTC
                     plan based on whole          MARCH
                     school targets and
ICT targets for whole school and specialist status 2009-2010

  1. To trial Fronter VLE across all 4 lead departments; English,
     maths, science and ICT.
  2. To source, produce and implement software which will
     promote independent learning across the web.

Monitoring and evaluation of target 1

                   WHO, WHEN

    ASPECT              PROCEDURE             TIMING     PERSONNEL
                    APSS to consult with
                                                         APSS, SL &
                   Subject Leaders (SL) &     June 09

                    APSS to monitor the
                     implementation of                     APSS
                       APSS to organise
 To plan for the     appropriate trainers,
                                              09-April   APSS/ICTC
implementation      and trials with staff &
 of Fronter VLE             students
                      APSS to review and
                      evaluate the use of
                                              April 10     APSS
                   Fronter across the Lead
                   APSS to report findings
                   of trial to SLT and plan
                   for the implementation      Jul 10      APSS
                     of Fronter across the
                         whole school
Last Reviewed:
September 2009
Responsibility for Review:
Gulbanu Kader (Assistant Principal)


Pro-forma for ICT Development Plan and Costings.

               ICT development plan and costings

Funding     Name       Anticipated Where in the         How should
required    and Cost   additional  department SOW       this specific
for:        of item(s) costs for   will this be used?   resource
                       this new                         help to raise
                       resource.   Include name of      attainment
                       E.g. site   topic/module and     in your
                       licence     the year group       subject?
                                   who will most
                       Training    benefit.