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Extended learning


Developing capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology

All pupils have a 1:1 iPad and are expected to be able to use it effectively in all lessons, in conjunction with the Office 365 suite of software. At KS4, pupils have already been using these devices and systems throughout KS3 but can keep abreast of developments through easily accessible and well signposted video tutorials. Teaching staff are kept informed of these developments and provide opportunities for students to develop their capability through use.

Through their subjects, pupils are encouraged to exploit the multimedia capabilities of their devices and school systems to creatively respond to tasks.

In PSHE lessons, throughout KS4, pupils are taught to use Office software in meaningful situations, such as using Word for CV writing, and Excel to create an interactive revision timetable.

Develop and applying analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills

In Maths, pupils sit end of unit assessments at points throughout the year. After these assessments, lesson time is designated for lessons that look at designing algorithmic solutions to problems, promoting and assessing analytic and computational thinking skills.


Understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to report a range of concerns

Online safety is addressed through PSHE, registration time, and at other designated times. The member of staff with responsibility for pupil online safety education coordinates delivery, content, and timing of these sessions and resources. Pupils are able, and encouraged, to report any concerns through an icon that is on every pupil iPad, and through the usual pastoral and safeguarding channels.


We do not assess the IT and esafety strands of Core Computing, but the Computational Thinking strand is assessed and recorded according to a rubric designed to track progress across Years 10 and 11.

Supporting your child

What you can do at home:

You do not need to do anything to support at home beyond allowing access to technology and showing an interest in what your child is doing. It may be helpful to discuss online safety as a family.


No additional equipment is required for Core Computing.

Extended learning

Homework policy:

No homework is set for Core Computing.

Clubs/ Enrichment opportunities:

There are no clubs for Core Computing specifically, but all pupils are welcome to join the Computing Department for lunchtime and after school clubs such as programming, image editing or games design.

Extended study suggestions and reading lists:

Problem solving algorithms can be applied in everyday life but you can always challenge yourself with a Sudoku or Wordle.

Possible trips and visits:

We do not run any Core Computing trips.