IT is also used cross curricular throughout the school throughout all Key Stages. Opportunities are available for departments and subject teachers to use the bookable IT resources within the school for their classes in order to meet the requirements of Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 courses.
At Newquay Tretherras we teach Computing in all year groups.We currently have 6 main ICT suites having an average of 28 computers in each room further enhanced by 5 interactive white boards to aid teaching and learning. The rooms also have Colour Laser Printers, Laser Printers, Scanners and access to Digital Camera’s. Students are encouraged to use the facilities as much as possible with IT clubs being run every lunchtime and also after school. The facilities are always supervised by either a teaching member of staff or IT classroom assistant.
In KS 3 (Year 7 and 8) the students are taught IT as a discrete subject for one hour per week through projects with work related scenarios, which incorporate the KS 3 National Strategy Framework and Functional Skills. This allows the students to learn a variety of skills and improve their understanding of what and why they are using IT.
When the students move into Year 9 and Key Stage 4, IT is taught to all students as a discrete subject for 3 hours over 2 weeks. This allows students to attain the equivalent of 1 GCSE in ICT by the end of year 9, through following OCR Nationals in ICT. This course allows students to gain the OCR Nationals Certificate in ICT by the end of year 11 which is the equivalent to 4 GCSEs.
In the Sixth Form we offer GCE Applied ICT. The students cover 3 core units of work in the first year. One of these is exam based with a further 2 coursework units. In the second year students again cover three units of work. A core exam based unit and a further 2 units, one of which is optional.The enrichment pathway allows students to study for and gain the ECDL qualification. It is equivalent to a ‘B’ grade at GCSE and is widely accepted in business.