ICT at Teesdale School and Sixth Form is an immersive experience, exposing students to fundamentals such as Microsoft Office, which is an essential tool for most jobs in today's workforce, and other communication and collaborative software such as Microsoft Teams; creative computing such as image manipulation, website and computer game development, which teaches young people how to express their creativity in an informed and responsible way and encourages them to reflect on what they produce and strive for excellence; and finally, computer science concepts such as how computers work and developing coding solutions, using multiple programming languages, to real-world problems, which develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential in future life.
Throughout the key stages, students will encounter a range of software, completing project-based tasks and providing solutions to given scenarios. Topics such as e-safety and cultural issues of ICT are core are included. These include the impact of technology on daily life, the “digital divide” and globalisation.
As well as following the curriculum, students will be encouraged to read for pleasure, experiencing a diverse range of literature as a platform for exploring new ideas, developing critical thinking skills and learning more about the world around them.
Students enjoy ICT because it is varied, fast-paced and fun. Every student is inspired to believe in their potential and to aim high. Careers within the digital sector are the fastest growing sector today, predictions estimate there will be twice as many jobs than candidates to fill them in the coming years. We have devised our ICT curriculum with this in mind so students acquire a grounding towards knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding.