Business & Computing Department

 

The Business & Computing Department

 

Head of Department = Mr D Staniforth

 

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Context

 

The Business and Computing department consists of three specialist teachers. The department has three fully fitted ICT suites with an average of 32 computers in each. The department has high standards and works hard to ensure each student works to the best of their ability.

 

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Curriculum

 

Students in all year groups are working towards GCSE exams with the AQA exam board for Computer Science and ICT Technical Award, as well as Edexcel for Business Studies and BTEC ICT. Those whom do not pick an option subject within our department and who are not part of the triple science cohort will complete a BTEC in Information and Creative Technology. 

Students are currently assessed on the number grade 1-9, A*-C or the BTEC Pass-Merit-Distinction systems depending on the subject being studied. We try to equip KS3 pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to become autonomous learners. There is still a strong focus on practical skills and students will be assessed on their knowledge of theory through GCSE style exam papers.

 

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Assessment

 

Students will usually complete a 1-hour assessment at the end of each half term to assess their progress. This may be a practical activity or an exam paper depending on the topic and time of year.

 

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Home Learning

 

The expectation for home learning is that students will complete a minimum of one home learning activity per week.

 

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Afterschool Sessions

 

Every year our department run a KS3 coding club at lunchtime, which is usually facilitated by our student subject leaders.

 

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Enrichment Opportunities

 

Throughout the year a variety of enrichment opportunities take place such as the Hour of Code, Tameside Hack and the HSBC Stock Market Challenge.

 

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