ICT at Walton Hall Academy

Computing and the use of ICT is central to the education of all students. We aim to give each student the opportunity to apply and develop their technological understanding and skills across a wide range of situations and tasks. Students are encouraged to develop a confident and safe approach to computing and the use of ICT, with the understanding of the capabilities and flexibility of the resources.

The ICT courses are designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. We aim to ensure the ICT experiences and abilities that the students are equipped with lead to effective and transferrable life skills.

All students have specific ICT lessons, however ICT is also embedded across all subjects. In Key Stage 3 and 4 specific time is given to using ICT to develop maths skills through software called ConquerMaths. IPads are also used for all students including the CIP (Communication, Independence and Personal Progress) groups who use a range of apps to develop and reinforce skills.

In Key Stage 3 students are taught in three groups based on their English and maths abilities once a week. Year 8 and Year 9 have a second lesson as a year group. In Key Stage 4 students are taught in year groups. As students develop their skills and move into Key Stage 4 most will work towards Pearson Functional Skills Information and Communication Technology (ICT) qualifications at a level appropriate to their ability. 

Functional Skills assessments from Entry Level 1 to Level 1 are taken in Year 11. CIP students work towards completing units for the Pearson Personal Progress Award Scheme throughout Key Stage 4 and 5.

In Post 16, students are placed into four teaching groups depending on their needs and ability in English and maths. Group 4, a booster group, requires a little more support in terms of their social development and basic skills and staffing ratios are higher to meet the needs of the students.

In all of these groups students will continue to build on skills in Functional skills ICT to the appropriate level from Entry Level 1 through to Level 1. Some students will also study BTEC Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Information Technology.