IT & Computing

Departmental handbook 17/18

Specification content

This is provided to all pupils and Students in the respective student resources section as well. 

Teaching sets

First Year

PJM, MPW, GTB

Second Year

GTB - 6 classes

IGCSE Computer Science

Year 4 -two classes PJM and GTB

Year 5 -two classes both PJM

Sixth Form Computer Science

Lower Sixth:

Upper Sixth: PJM, RWA

Risk Assessment

Humanities Faculty

It is assumed that the School ensures that all teaching environments are maintained to the highest possible standard, in order that staff can teach and pupils learn under safe conditions.

Each of the teaching rooms used by the Humanities Faculty (H1-H8, H10, H12 and H14-H19) is equipped with a computer, an interactive whiteboard, a power point projector and a combined video/DVD player or a DVD player. Room H10 and the Geography bookstore house OHPs on trolleys.

Additional electrical equipment is available in the following rooms.

 Room H4

o 22 computers

o 1 power point projector

o 1 interactive whiteboard

o 1 printer

o air conditioning

 Room H10

o 1 sieve shaker

o 1 computer

o 1 drying cabinet

o 3 mapping tables

 Rooms H17, 18 and 19

o air conditioning

Staff using these rooms should be aware of the following potential hazards, both for themselves and students, arising from this electrical equipment.

i. Tripping over trailing electrical cables when equipment is in use (i.e. physical damage to persons and/or equipment)

ii. Plugging in or unplugging electrical appliances (i.e. electric shock)

iii. Storing cables safely when equipment is not in use (i.e. physical damage to persons and/or equipment)

iv. Transporting equipment on trolleys to the correct room (i.e. bumping into pupils in corridors, trolleys falling over)

Staff should take every precaution to minimise the occurrence of such incidents.




Teaching Staff

The teaching staff in the Computing Department:

Peter Mapstone

PJM

Head of Department

Bob Allen

RWA

Deputy Head (Digital Strategy &IT)
Teacher of Computer Science

Mark Willis

MPWMathematics and Computing 
George Twum-Barina GTB Teacher of Computer Science


Aims

The aims of the Computing courses in the First and Second Year are:

develop essential knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts and principles together with an appreciation of their significance, and the skills needed for their use in new and changing situations

  • develop an understanding of the connections between facts, principles and concepts from different areas of IT and Computing
  • develop skills and understanding that will enhance and support study in other curriculum areas
  • sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, the use of IT
  • recognise the value and responsible use of IT in society
  • promote an appreciation of the development and significance of IT in personal, social, environmental, economic and technological contexts and an awareness of advances in technology
  • be a suitable preparation for studies in higher and other educational establishments and for professional courses which require students to have a knowledge of IT when admitted
  • students should be made aware that IT need not be studied in isolation; it should be related, in a wider sense, to the needs of people.

Accommodation

The Department makes use of the IT suites:

Mainly IT6 for Lower School lessons. Mainly IT6, IT5 and IT4 for Sixth Form and IGCSE lessons

The teaching staff are accommodated in various departments. IT7 (Office) Head of Computing (Curriculum) and GTB

IT3 Digital Strategy Office

IT2 is the technical support office.

Resources

Equipment is available in IT suites, support is provided as required by IT support staff.

All IT classrooms have a touch screen, IT1 has a  ceiling mounted .

Copies of all curriculum materials are available in the staff area on the website and are also available via the file explorer on windows PC within school. Individual members of staff are issued with copies as appropriate of textbooks.  Materials are also available in digital form on the school website.

A collection of past examination papers and coursework guides are available on the school website within the relevent sections. Whiteboard pens are available in all teaching rooms. IT4 projector remote is in a drawer in IT2.

Photocopying and scanning in the reprographics office but there is also a photocopier in the Staff IT room in the main building. In addition there is a scanner in IT1 and IT5 for pupils and staff to use. The department has a code to use with this copier (unlimited usage) this is 2233

Curriculum provision

A timetable operates, with six teaching periods of 50 minutes per day.

First year and pupils have three periods of taught IT and Computing per fortnight.

Homework in Years 1 and 2 is optional.  In the Third Year and above homework is expected to be set weekly or fortnightly via Google Classroom and instructions set as required on the Student Firefly planner GCSE level

A course to Advanced Level is available in Computer Science. Examination in June of the second year

Six periods per week are allocated. Pupils are expected to undertake approximately five hours of private study each week, according to the new/old  linear format. Some pupils may drop Computer Science after the internal examination in June of the first year.

Departmental Policies

Pupil behaviour

The successful learning of Computing depends upon an atmosphere of open cooperation within the classroom.

Expectations of pupils’ behaviour are high and are made clear.

When pupil behaviour falls short of expectation, is taken commensurate with the seriousness of the offence. The pupil may be asked to spend part of a lunch‐time detained under staff supervision. The pupil may be put into a weekday or a Saturday detention, or in exceptional circumstances may be withdrawn from the classroom and sent to the School Office, where he or she will be dealt with by a senior member of staff - this is rare and used in exceptional curcumstances. 

In all subject teachers notify the pupil’s Group Tutor of any action that has been necessary to take. Official detentions are entered into iSams.

Where misbehavior is persistent, the Head of Department may be called upon to help with the problem. He can advise on the suitability of contacting parents and Head of Year/Tutor. Consider also a lunchtime detention and task.

Reporting, recording, and assessment

The Department follows School policy on recording and reporting for all years. Two written reports are sent to parents each year. Parents also have the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher once a year at parents’ evening. Details are on this website.

Please remember grade 4 is the expected level for most pupils at KES. Please do award below grade 4 should the work not meet the level 4 description. I have already marked homework at GCSE with a Grade 2 or 3. This is important for this system to have some meaning for us and pupils/students to make progression.

First and Second Years should receive at least a grade and a comment for each unit of study or where multiple assignments are given a mark and comment for each one - generally, these units span 5-9 lessons and may involve multiple submissions to Google Classroom.

For other years it is expected that each week homework is grade on the 1-7 scale and a comment given each week for the homework.  Any classwork assignments set should also follow a similar approach.

At GCSE and A-Level A-D grades should be awarded for formal tests and target grades. NOT for assignments and tasks. End of Chapter/topic tests must be given follow study.  These should be marked in a timely way as to make feedback meaningful.  The results of tests and other tracking information at A-Level will be recorded on a shared Google Sheet. For an example see here

At GCSE each teacher should keep similar information. For example, see here

Grade descriptors

Pupils/Students can view these by the link "Student resources"  Printed posters  are in IT6 and the IT and Computing Office

The initial First-Year reports are a description of the work covered provided by the Head of Department, and the Head of Department is present at the parents’ evening to discuss the course. This reflects the limited time available for assessing individuals in the autumn term. For examples of reports given in this department - please see iSams / reporting.

Equal opportunities

The IT classroom is one in which communication is paramount, both between teacher and pupil and between pupil and pupil. Teachers are careful to ensure that no pupil is disadvantaged in the business of communication or in any other aspect of the learning of Computing due to his or her gender, race, abilities, or particular characteristics.

Tracking

             The HOD will complete termly tracking requests.  It is suggested that Teachers access the data on good teaching practice in monitoring pupil progression.

      Learning support

The Head of Learning Support advises subject teachers of pupils within their teaching groups. Any subject teacher who feels that an individual pupil may have educational needs of which he or she has not been made aware consults with the Head of Department and Group Tutor concerned and any necessary action is then agreed and taken.

It is recommended that the provided sheets are kept filed for ease of reference (also on iSams )

Maintenance and management of rooms

Any damage or graffiti caused to furniture in any of the IT rooms should be reported to the Head of Department or Head of IT support.

In there is a damaged book in the HM’s secretary’s office which should be kept up to date. Any pupil caught defacing the furniture should be dealt with strictly. Apparatus that is broken willfully must be paid for. Computers should only be switched off after the last lesson of the day. Monitors may be switched off.

Policy for covering absent staff

SGH provides cover for Computing lessons. Please send cover to PJM via e-mail and SGH in case PJM absent as well.  Should cover not be provided PJM will organise this.

If the absence is prolonged supply staff may be provided by reference to Deputy Head Curriculum. Where possible, work to be carried out during absence should not involve staff

In the preparation of work. In the Lower School there are Internet down resources located in IT-7 - see Mr. Mapstone and he will advise.

Department meetings

During INSET days time is usually set aside for them to meet. Members of the IT department often meet informally but a weekly meeting is not possible this year. :( every two weeks and a agenda will go out before each meeting.

Coursework

 A2 coursework is normally carried out in the autumn and spring terms. A coursework guidance is found on the school website.

Marking

Grade descriptors

All homework, examinations and tests should be marked as soon as possible after they are completed. Any class notes and exercises should be inspected where appropriate, but detailed marking is not expected for years one and two.

Comments should aim to improve understanding and aid learning. They should be positive and where possible they should suggest means of progression. Critical comments should be constructive if they are seen to be necessary, and praise should be given where it is deserved.

of technical terms should be corrected where and if possible, and errors in English spelling, punctuation, and grammar should be annotated where and if possible in digital format.

Work for external assessment should be marked according to the criteria provided by the examination board.

Records should be kept of marks awarded on the school website with some work being graded through classroom this should be made clear to the pupils when this is the case OR a comment made in stating where the mark is located; whichever is convenient and sensible. 

The school scale (1-7) is used where appropriate.

 Grade descriptors can be found in the staff area within the lower school folder. The same levels are applied at GCSE and at A-Level though in some cases A* - C is used often either is applied with a comment for each piece.

Homework

Homework is set regularly in the Sixth Form and marked as quickly as is practicable. 

GCSE  has homework set each week in Google Classroom and the task set is replicated to pupil planner (Firefly)

Homework should be set weekly or fortnightly in the Third Year

Homework in Years 1 and 2 are optional and you should set it when appropriate but not each and every week.

Staff training

Members of the department are encouraged to attend courses in order to increase and update their knowledge of relevant areas of Computing. See PJM and SGH for guidance.


Health & Safety

In case of fire

There is a yellow laminated notice in each room which gives information about the route to use to exit the building from that room.

Points to remember

• Close all windows and doors behind you

• Leave the School in an orderly way, but without wasting time.

• Leave the School quietly; you may need to hear instructions as you make your way to safety.

• The channel between the Main Building and the Science Block will be a potential ‘crush” point: please be sensible and move through in an orderly fashion. An alternative is to move the back of the Science Block; use this route if instructed to do so.

• In of a real fire, the appliances will be coming, rapidly, the main drive. To reach the assembly area, you need to cross this drive: TAKE CARE

• The assembly area is on the grass by the Wilton Road fence. You should face the School, lined up in Tutor Groups with 1/1 closest to the site of the cricket nets and S21 closest to the Pavilion.

Nets 1/1>>1/6 L1>>L17 U1>>U18 S1>>S21 pavilion

 

 

 

Risk Assessment

Humanities Faculty

It is assumed that the School ensures that all teaching environments are maintained to the highest possible standard, in order that staff can teach and pupils learn under safe conditions.

Each of the teaching rooms used by the Humanities Faculty (H1-H8, H10, H12 and H14-H19) is equipped with a computer, an interactive whiteboard, a power point projector and a combined video/DVD player or a DVD player. Room H10 and the Geography bookstore house OHPs on trolleys.

Additional electrical equipment is available in the following rooms.

 Room H4

o 22 computers

o 1 power point projector

o 1 interactive whiteboard

o 1 printer

o air conditioning

 Room H10

o 1 sieve shaker

o 1 computer

o 1 drying cabinet

o 3 mapping tables

 Rooms H17, 18 and 19

o air conditioning

Staff using these rooms should be aware of the following potential hazards, both for themselves and students, arising from this electrical equipment.

i. Tripping over trailing electrical cables when equipment is in use (i.e. physical damage to persons and/or equipment)

 

ii. Plugging in or unplugging electrical appliances (i.e. electric shock)

 

iii. Storing cables safely when equipment is not in use (i.e. physical damage to persons and/or equipment)

 

iv. Transporting equipment on trolleys to the correct room (i.e. bumping into pupils in corridors, trolleys falling over)

Staff should take every precaution to minimise the occurrence of such incidents.



Risk Assessment

Humanities Faculty

It is assumed that the School ensures that all teaching environments are maintained to the highest possible standard, in order that staff can teach and pupils learn under safe conditions.

Each of the teaching rooms used by the Humanities Faculty (H1-H8, H10, H12 and H14-H19) is equipped with a computer, an interactive whiteboard, a power point projector and a combined video/DVD player or a DVD player. Room H10 and the Geography bookstore house OHPs on trolleys.

Additional electrical equipment is available in the following rooms.

 Room H4

o 22 computers

o 1 power point projector

o 1 interactive whiteboard

o 1 printer

o air conditioning

 Room H10

o 1 sieve shaker

o 1 computer

o 1 drying cabinet

o 3 mapping tables

 Rooms H17, 18 and 19

o air conditioning

Staff using these rooms should be aware of the following potential hazards, both for themselves and students, arising from this electrical equipment.

i. Tripping over trailing electrical cables when equipment is in use (i.e. physical damage to persons and/or equipment)

 

ii. Plugging in or unplugging electrical appliances (i.e. electric shock)

 

iii. Storing cables safely when equipment is not in use (i.e. physical damage to persons and/or equipment)

 

iv. Transporting equipment on trolleys to the correct room (i.e. bumping into pupils in corridors, trolleys falling over)

Staff should take every precaution to minimise the occurrence of such incidents.



Risk Assessment

Humanities Faculty

It is assumed that the School ensures that all teaching environments are maintained to the highest possible standard, in order that staff can teach and pupils learn under safe conditions.

Each of the teaching rooms used by the Humanities Faculty (H1-H8, H10, H12 and H14-H19) is equipped with a computer, an interactive whiteboard, a power point projector and a combined video/DVD player or a DVD player. Room H10 and the Geography bookstore house OHPs on trolleys.

Additional electrical equipment is available in the following rooms.

 Room H4

o 22 computers

o 1 power point projector

o 1 interactive whiteboard

o 1 printer

o air conditioning

 Room H10

o 1 sieve shaker

o 1 computer

o 1 drying cabinet

o 3 mapping tables

 Rooms H17, 18 and 19

o air conditioning

Staff using these rooms should be aware of the following potential hazards, both for themselves and students, arising from this electrical equipment.

i. Tripping over trailing electrical cables when equipment is in use (i.e. physical damage to persons and/or equipment)

ii. Plugging in or unplugging electrical appliances (i.e. electric shock)

iii. Storing cables safely when equipment is not in use (i.e. physical damage to persons and/or equipment)

iv. Transporting equipment on trolleys to the correct room (i.e. bumping into pupils in corridors, trolleys falling over)

Staff should take every precaution to minimise the occurrence of such incidents.


Risk Assessment (Physical)

It is assumed that the School ensures that all teaching environments are maintained to the highest possible standard, in order that staff can teach and pupils learn under safe conditions.

Each of the teaching rooms used by the IT and Computing Faculty (IT1, IT4 and H4) is equipped with the following

  • 20 - 25 Desktop computers
  • 1 projector
  • 1 interactive whiteboard
  • 1 printer
  • air conditioning

Staff using these rooms should be aware of the following potential hazards, both for themselves and students, arising from this electrical equipment.

1) Tripping over trailing electrical cables when equipment is in use (i.e. physical damage to persons and/or equipment) - this is due to built

2) Plugging in or unplugging electrical appliances (i.e. electric shock)

3) Storing cables safely when equipment is not in use (i.e. physical damage to persons and/or equipment)

4) Using electrical equipment that has not been PAC tested

It is assumed that the electrical equipment is serviced and PAT tested regularly by the School’s technicians, or someone suitably qualified, and appointed by the Bursar. Any defects found outside this routine maintenance schedule should be reported to the School’s technicians at the earliest possible opportunity.