ICT and Computing

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Information and Communication Technology is about developing life skills. The skills and knowledge we present to our pupils today will be the history of tomorrow.

Technology is itself changing faster than ever before and to try to predict and present the exact needs of tomorrow is impossible. There are however worthwhile techniques and practices which will be fundamental to the understanding of a technologically developing society.

These foundational skills aid learning and help develop and encourage the use of technological activities. This is what we are encouraging in the delivery of ICT and Computing.

In a developing society, the use of ICT reflects real need, being used to solve a variety of problems in an increasing number of everyday situations.

Opportunities to use ICT are everywhere, but not until studied and experienced will the impact and enhancement of learning become obvious.

Successful and meaningful use of ICT must be fit for purpose and not ICT for ICT's sake.

If ICT is to be delivered in such a way as to be useful in the cognitive development and preparation for later life, it should render itself to realistic needs and be presented in a realistic context as well as a standard tool of learning and problem solving, helping to develop enquiring minds of all abilities.

The Bede's ICT and Computing department, within its programmes of study, endeavours to provide what is required to allow the development of transferable skills and increase confidence, enabling pupils to approach the use of ICT and enhance their work in all areas of school life and beyond.

Computing, in contrast to ICT, gives learners a real in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It gives them an insight in to what goes on 'under the bonnet' including computer programming, which many find absorbing.

Bede's Computing curriculum provides an excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science, a field which is increasingly important.

The global reliance upon ICT and Computing means that there is a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this discipline. We also pride ourselves on the skills we imbue in the fields of critical thinking, analysis and problem solving however, all of which are developed in a fun and interesting way through the study of computer programming, which can be applied in other subjects and even everyday life.

Computing is a great choice for anyone who wants to study or work in those areas which rely on such skills, especially when they are applied to technical problems, including engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.

Chris Betts
In the globalised world of tablets, cloud computing and the Creative Commons, few things could be as important as ensuring that we all take an active and constructive role in our physical and digital communities.

Chris Betts, Head of ICT and Computing

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In the globalised world of tablets, cloud computing and the Creative Commons, few things could be as important as ensuring that we all take an active and constructive role in our physical and digital communities.

Chris Betts, Head of ICT and Computing and Dorter House Tutor

Part of my passion as a teacher is enabling pupils to see challenging topics like programming, database structures and algorithms as dynamic, liberating and inspiring.

Alex Hayes, Teacher of ICT and Computing and Deis House Tutor

Students need skills which will bring out the best in themselves and those around them, and technology is one of the main keys to unlocking their potential.

Raymond Mutimba, Teacher of ICT and Computing and Camberlot House Tutor