Knowledge and ability in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) is an essential skill for life. ICT now permeates every aspect of our lives and, although students entering Wapping High School may well be digital natives, it is essential to ensure that these students understand how to apply ICT skills purposefully, safely and responsibly, both for learning and for their future lives. At Wapping High School, ICT is used to improve the educational and economic outcomes of every child, through confidence-building for both teachers and students, access to equipment and resources, and partnerships with the wider educational sector and its resources. Effective implementation of ICT throughout the school enables it to run efficiently and effectively, allowing staff to concentrate their energies on learning and students as their core business.
Wapping High School a flagship, future-proof ICT-enabled school, whose remit extends out into the wider community. This is being achieved by developing a clear strategy for each of the following key ICT elements:
• Teaching and learning materials
• Use of data and information
• Communication and information
ICT Teaching and Teaching Materials
ICT is an essential part of all areas of the curriculum and is used as a tool to provide more active, creative, rich, safe and inclusive learning experiences. The best use is made of new and emerging technology to provide students with more engaging and exciting learning opportunities, and to identify opportunities for ICT development in the curriculum. Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for use of ICT and be taught how to develop strategies for e-safety.
All students use an innovative web-based virtual learning environment as a key part of their continuous learning experience. A secure, monitored social network will enable students and teachers to keep each other informed about progress, initiatives, ideas, projects, teams and events.
Use of Data and Information
Electronic information systems are used that provide school staff with easy access to accurate information about all students, for individual target setting and identification and monitoring of vulnerable groups. Use of electronic information systems are streamlining teaching processes, such as record keeping and reporting, including the use of the Learning Gateway for access to student data away from school. Best use is made of email and the Internet to improve communication methods and share information between schools and with parents.
Students and parents will be able to access resources, learning paths and assessments at any time of the day or week. This access extends beyond both school hours and school walls. Data about progress and achievement is made available to students, teachers and parents to support learning and ensure that students know where they are and what to do next all the time.
Communication and information
A well-designed school website has been developed and maintained, containing a range of useful and up-to-date information about the school, to provide outstanding access to information for students, parents and the public. Students and parents are offered convenient electronic communication channels, including web materials, student data, learning materials and email.