The teaching of IT at Goodrich is changing.
From September this year the old ‘Information and Communication Technology’ (ICT) curriculum is being changed to ‘Computing’. The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
At Goodrich we have already begun to change our curriculum buying a new commercial scheme called ‘Rising Stars’ which provides a basis for development.
In addition we have units which involve animation, programmable toys from nursery onwards and lessons which involve the development of logical reasoning. The safe use of the internet is also a focus in our school with children being taught about the benefits and possible dangers of the internet use. We have also had several successful sessions for parents on cyber-bullying and internet safety.
This year we want to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Computing to outstanding.
Goodrich's computer network is safe. It...
- Has educational filtered secure broadband connectivity through the LGfL and so connects to the ‘private’ National Education Network
- Uses the LGfL filtering system which blocks sites that fall into categories such as pornography, race hatred, gaming, sites of an illegal nature, etc. All changes to the filtering policy is logged and only available to staff with the approved ‘web filtering management’ status
- Uses USO user-level filtering where relevant, thereby closing down or opening up options appropriate to the age / stage of the students
- Ensures network health through use of Sophos anti-virus software (from LGfL) etc and network set-up so staff and pupils cannot download executable files
- Blocks all Chat rooms and social networking sites except those that are part of an educational network or approved Learning Platform
- Only uses approved or checked webcam sites
- Has blocked pupil access to music download or shopping sites – except those approved for educational purposes at a regional or national level, such as Audio Network
- Uses security time-outs on Internet access where practicable / useful
- Provides staff with an email account for their professional use and makes clear personal email should be through a separate account
Goodrich works in partnership with the LGfL to ensure any concerns about the system are communicated so that systems remain robust and to protect students.