All students experience ICT at Tunmarsh and are then encouraged to utilise those skills in all subject areas. The centre supports the exploration of ICT in teaching and learning in order to improve pupils’ attainment and efficiency of communication. Tunmarsh has two dedicated ICT suites, with additional computers also in every classroom. Students benefit from access to laptops and iPads in lessons via a wireless network. All computers are networked and provide filtered access to the internet and email. The school’s aim is to encourage every learner to enjoy lessons as part of an ICT literate culture.
KS3 (Years 7 to 9)
All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 are introduced to word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, animation, multimedia, graphics, video and sound as part of a media rich curriculum. All our students are taught how to effectively search the internet, an awareness of viruses, the importance of backups and how to use email. Most of our students have a good background knowledge of ICT terminology and can use basic office packages, but the aim is to introduce them to a wider spectrum of applications. This will aid their journey to becoming better all round users of new technology. For the more able there is the option to complete a Functional Skills qualification at Level 1.
KS4 (Year 10 and 11)
The students in years 10 and 11 follow the ICT 'ladder of success'. All students are expected to be able to achieve a basic minimum qualification and those more able have the opportunity to aim higher and move up the ladder. The ICT department offer Functional Skills ICT at levels 1 and then 2 with the exam board Edexcel. This offers GCSE standard qualifications where assessment is through a practical exercise. Students then have the option to gain further accreditation through OCR's Cambridge Nationals programme of study. This can lead to either short course or full GCSE certification, but is very much dependent on how much coursework a student completes whilst at Tunmarsh. The final academic offering is the iGCSE in ICT. This is for students that have a keen interest in ICT but have not completed the relevant coursework for the OCR Cambridge National. The ICT department also offer a vocational route into ICT with a CISCO course aimed at students who want to work in the IT industry and a programme for technicians.