At Ysgol Uwchradd Tregaron we encourage use of ICT both within scheduled lessons and as an extra-curricular facility available to aid learning and promote enjoyment.
IT lessons are given once a week in Key Stage 3, and the subject is available as a GCSE option in Key Stages 4 and 5.
In all courses, it is our aim to promote an interest in ICT by developing pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject. We teach a range of applications covering word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, databases, and Internet skills. This gives pupils a range of software from which they may choose when deciding how best to present their work or manipulate the data with which they are working. Pupils are encouraged to use ICT in all subjects. They are also encouraged to use equipment at home, and are welcome to use the school computers outside of timetabled lessons whenever this is convenient.
Every PC in the school has Internet access and extensive use is made of this facility for research and communication. The Local Education Authority provide us with a ‘firewall’ service that filters undesirable web sites. However it is our policy that pupils only access the Internet when a teacher is present.
Pupils are encouraged to consider the advantages and disadvantages of computer use, the benefits and dangers of Internet access, and the impact of ICT on society both at the present time and in the future.
At Key Stage 3, pupils receive IT lessons once a week, and we endeavour to cover the broad range of the curriculum in this period. Practical exercises are reinforced with theory tasks, which are completed as homework on a regular basis. Essential Skills Wales in ICT are delivered during Key Stage 3 in preparation for the Welsh Baccalaureate. Click here to see the scheme of work.