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17/01/18

Great to see such a good turnout from students and parents/carers at tonight’s Options Evening, we hope you found it useful!

17/01/18

Great new signage at the front of school provided by to reflect our exciting new partnership together. https://t.co/xeKBMtQiFk

17/01/18

We look forward to seeing our Year 8 students and their parents/carers at tonight's Options Information event. Doors open at 5:45pm for a 6pm start in the Main Hall.

11/01/18

Some of our Year 10 students enjoyed a very 'cool' science lesson today making their own ice cream. https://t.co/QahFngeY6c

10/01/18

We look forward to seeing parents/carers of Year 8 students at our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 17th January. Click here for further details:- https://t.co/tnYt4vkZTR https://t.co/hEHtUw5yRb

09/01/18

Tickets selling fast for our school production of Alice in Wonderland. Book yours today via https://t.co/wy2VdV98Sn https://t.co/q4Wm7VIAoZ

05/01/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure

Welcome to de Stafford Sports Centre. The centre looks great and so do the staff in their new uniforms! Great start to 2018 with #2018 https://t.co/qp5xt2VB7K

04/01/18

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We are delighted to announce that today we started working with to operate de Stafford Sports Centre. Freedom Leisure's Operations Director, Matt Hunt, Head Teacher of de Stafford School, Jeremy Garner and mascot Jim Trainer, braved the weather to mark the occasion. https://t.co/fdbVnqe9Ln

04/01/18

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Was a great first day at de Stafford Sports Centre. Very excited to be working with . Thumbs up all round! https://t.co/LavJuaeha8

02/01/18

Happy New Year to all our followers! Looking forward to starting a new term tomorrow - remember it will be Week 1 Wednesday!

15/12/17

Wishing all members of the school community a safe, happy and enjoyable festive period. We look forward to welcoming students back on Wednesday, January 3rd.

15/12/17

Read all about this half-term's news in our latest newsletter https://t.co/5jIvHYmurY

15/12/17

Congratulations to all of our award winners in today's celebration assemblies

15/12/17

Retweeted From de Stafford Reads

Well done to our de Stafford readers. The achievement board is bursting with good news! Who will be our first word millionaire? Watch this space... https://t.co/09wkST8XpV

15/12/17

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Books wrapped and ready for our Y7 Book Buzz event! Our thanks to the de Stafford PSA who kindly donated the funds so that every Year Seven will receive their very own reading book this https://t.co/I3QbckmkT4

15/12/17

Retweeted From de Stafford Reads

Final numbers of the year! Books read since September = 1,995. Number of words read = 39,989,703. A huge well done to all of our Y7 and Y8 de Stafford readers! https://t.co/v2IEggb4Ag

15/12/17

The December edition of our school newsletter is available to view now at https://t.co/5jIvHYmurY. We would like to wish all our followers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

12/12/17

We look forward to welcoming parents/carers/friends to our Christmas Music Showcase this evening at 6:30pm.

12/12/17

The surrounding roads are clear but please exercise extreme caution when walking on the pavements and entering the school site. Students are permitted to wear footwear appropriate for the icy conditions. The car park is particularly icy so try to avoid driving in to school.

12/12/17

We are open today but to give the site team additional time to grit the worst affected areas we will be operating a late start. Students will be expected in to SAM at 9:30am. Any student arriving early may go to the school canteen.

Head of Department: Mr D Peacefield
email: dan.peacefield@destafford.org.uk  

Overview

ICT (Cambridge Nationals) is extremely relevant to students moving into today’s job markets. This subject trains them in a practical way to respond to the given needs of a variety of businesses in different scenarios. Students will work with a range of pieces of software, such as office, graphics and multimedia software to deliver fully-planned, excitingly-built, and carefully-evaluated solutions. They will also find out how hardware and security fit in to the business environment. This qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and counts towards student and school performance.

There is a heavy coursework bias in this qualification which really suits many students: Coursework - 75%; Exams - 25%.

External Examination

Unit 1 represents 25% of the overall mark and is a 1 hour exam. We take this in January as it works well with the timing of the course and gets one exam out of the way before the main block in the summer exam series. It also means that students can focus single-mindedly on their coursework until the final deadline at the beginning of May in Year 11. We have had excellent results by taking this approach. This unit, "Understanding Computer Systems", will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to use computer systems effectively. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the systems they use both at home and at school and will explore how these same technologies are used by business organisations.

From personal computers to smartphones, computing devices are an essential feature of the modern world. Technology may be changing every day, but the knowledge and understanding of how to use computers effectively is the same regardless of the technology being used. Computers are powerful devices for the storage and manipulation of data, but how can they be used effectively and the important data they use be stored securely?

On completion of this unit, their regard for their own personal data security and for the security of the data of others will be increased and, overall, learners will be more informed users of computers making them more effective participators in business and social life.

Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment

Unit 2 is compulsory and we choose to cover Unit 5 and Unit 6. Each unit is worth 25% of the final mark.

Unit 2, "Using ICT to create business solutions", is a complex unit which explores skills and knowledge of the various office applications such as spreadsheets, desktop publishing and databases in some depth. They will be required to learn about building an appropriate house-style with self-created logo and asked to apply it consistently throughout their work.

Unit 5, "Creating an interactive product using multimedia components", is an enjoyable unit where students are asked to create a stand-alone multimedia object such as an interactive presentation or a website. They will add animations, videos, sounds and songs as well as a user interactivity such as buttons and a booking form with drop-down menus.

Unit 6, "Creating digital images", is centred around designing a logo and some accompanying advertising images using image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. This will encourage students to gain written and oral feedback on their work from various sources and to try out a number of designs. They have a great deal of freedom within the brief and this is our most popular unit.

Programme of Study

Year 10

 Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Unit 6 - Graphics

Spring 1

Spring 2

Unit 2 - ICT in Business

Summer 1

Summer 2

Unit 2 - ICT in Business

Year 11

 Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Unit 5 - Multimedia

Unit 1 - Exam prep

Spring 1

Spring 2

Exam in Jan then Unit 5 - Multimedia

Unit 5 - Multimedia

Summer 1

Summer 2

Final deadline for all units: 1st week of May.

N/A

Extended Learning

During the learning for Unit 1 there is an intense programme of extended learning, featuring research and exam preparation, however, there is no homework expected during the controlled assessments and all of the work will be completed in the classroom.

Curriculum Enrichment

We intend to invite visiting speakers from the world of work and ICT into the department throughout the year.