Head of Faculty

Mr Simon Dickinson

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Curriculum intent

Computing in education encourages young people to develop computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has links with mathematics, science, and design and technology and allows students to successfully gain an insight into situational computational systems. Students are taught the principles of information and computational technology, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Developing their knowledge and understanding, pupils are prepared to use information technology to create a range of models and content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate and able to express themselves through, information and communication technology. As emphasis on how skills are suitable and transferable to the workplace is evident throughout the students learning ensuring students are ready for an emerging digital world.

At Our Lady and St John, we celebrate and embrace truth and industry as two of our school values which are key factors and touched on throughout the subjects. Through in-depth analysis pupils are able to understand fully the wider implications of online safety issues and discrimination exploring the growth of technology as a social tool.

Assessment details

Pupils are regularly self, peer and teacher assessed. Progress is monitored regularly through regular low stakes testing and formal end of unit and end of year assessments. At KS4, pupils are formally assessed through an externally marked exam and two internal assessments.