ICT In Schools

ICT in schools 2008–11

An evaluation of information and communication technology education in schools in England 2008–11.

Just over a third of the secondary schools visited were considered good or outstanding for the overall effectiveness of ICT. Pupil achievement in ICT was inadequate in almost a fifth of schools.

Key findings for Secondary Schools:

Weaknesses included

  • limited teacher capability in key topics such as programming
  • students repeating work from previous years
  • The use of assessment was a considerable weakness
  • lack of attention to the needs and interests of more able students
  • not tracking the progress of pupils effectively in both specialist ICT classes and across the curriculum
  • teachers and pupils lacking an understanding of current performance and what was needed to improve
  • Key Stage 4 courses often failed to meet the needs of students
  • In schools students who had not chosen an examination course in ICT did not follow the National Curriculum programme of study.
  • Where vocational courses were chosen, the modules selected by the school narrowed the learning and limited the achievement of the students
  • Very few examples were seen of secondary schools engaging with local IT businesses
  • Important topics such as control technology or data handling were not given sufficient attention or were missed out completely.
  • nearly half the students reached the age of 16 without an adequate foundation for further study or training in ICT and related subjects
  • the issue of under-age use of social networking sites arose frequently, underlining the importance of schools continuing to maintain e-safety as a priority for staff training and awareness-raising with parents.
  • For those students in Key Stage 4 who were not receiving specialist ICT teaching there was no systematic record of their learning in ICT

Report summary

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