Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is concerned with the acquisition of ‘knowledge skills and understanding’ and these are identified within four aspects of the ICT programme in which students’ progress. These are: finding things out; developing ideas and making things happen; exchanging and sharing information; reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses. At St Joseph’s these skills develop and progress over time, equipping the students with skills to support the world of work and leisure.
ICT prepares students to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. Students use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. Increased capability in the use of ICT promotes initiative and independent learning, with students being able to make informed judgments about when and where to use ICT to best effect, and to consider its implications for home and work both now and in the future.
Students are taught to use ICT, especially the internet, social media and mobile phones, safely and responsibly through the PSHE/RSE curriculum.
ICT learning is taught, for most students, on a modular basis and accredited by OCR Life and Living Skills. There are opportunities for more able students to study Computer Science, coding and to engage in practical work such as building electronic devices and PCs.