Welcome to the Business Studies / ICT Department

Meet Our Staff

  • Mr D Woolrich (Head of Department)
  • Miss D Bond (2nd)
  • Mr P Crawford
  • Mr P Gould
  • Mrs M Higgins
  • Mr P Lynch
  • Mrs S Birchall
  • Mrs J Welsh
  • Mrs E Langley
  • Mr C Tench

Aims and Objectives of the Department

  • As second specialist subject at Archbishop Beck ICT plays a vital role in school life all the way across the curriculum. We have a team of specialist staff to deliver high quality, creative ICT lesson across all three key stages as well as highly skilled technical staff to ensure the network and resources run smoothly and efficiently.
  • As a school we are in the process of integrating a learning platform into the curriculum with staff and pupil training taking places across all subject areas. The learning platform is called “Assimilate” and it gives staff and pupil access to resources such as email and also a platform to share resources and materials amongst each other. It also gives parents a greater insight into the type of work their children are doing, not only in ICT but in all subject throughout the school.

Key Stage 3

  • We have a wide range of subject areas within Key stage 3 ICT that cover all requirements of the national curriculum. We have resources to cover traditional subject areas such as Database and Spreadsheet design as well as more progressive units of work such as E-Safety and Website design. Units Covered:
    • File Structure
    • E-Safety
    • Word Processing
    • Databases
    • Modelling and Investigation
    • Control and Sequencing
    • Web Design
    • Theme Park
    • Reliability Validity and Bias
    • E-Mail

Key Stage 4

  • We offer both BTEC ICT and a single GCSE qualification at Key Stage 4. The BTEC option allows pupils to study for the equivalent of 2 GCSE’s while the single award is a DIDA qualification.
  • Both options cover all aspects of ICT and offer pupils a wide array of ICT skills.

Key Stage 5

  • At Key stage 5 we offer a BTEC national qualification. This is a single award qualification. The units cover in the academic years 08/09 are:
    • Unit 1 - Employability in IT
    • Unit 2 - Computer systems
    • Unit 21 - Website Development

Homework / After School

Homework enables pupils to:

  • Consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities.
  • Access resources not available in the classroom.
  • Develop research skills.
  • Have an opportunity for independent work.
  • Show progress and understanding.
  • Provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching.
  • Enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self discipline.
  • Take ownership and responsibility for learning.

Each Year Group is set a homework timetable by Progress Managers.  This timetable is then co-ordinated and distributed by the Senior Manager responsible for Timetabling.

It is good practise to set homework at the beginning of the lesson and to use classroom support where necessary to ensure that pupils have written it down correctly.

Homework can be:

  • Independent learning
  • Consolidation of work in class
  • Practice - learning by doing
  • Completion of course work assignments
  • Research
  • Reading
  • Interviews
  • Drawing
  • Using ICT
  • Recording
  • Project – based tasks

All homework will be placed on the VLE.

  • Homework is to be set and monitored entirely using Doddle and the Learning Platform. This is vital for an ICT/Business Department.
  • Teachers can, if they choose, give the chance for students to contact them about homework by using e-mail or the setting up of a community.
  • Homework for the Department is often ongoing, because of the variety of vocational courses on offer.
  • KS3 and KS4 homework to be placed on VLE. Community set up for communication between pupils and pupils/teacher. Use of Doddle for the majority of homework.
  • KS5 homework to be based on Units and where teacher feels necessary.
  • Due to nature of vocational courses, homework will often be ‘complete’ or ‘continue’. VLE will also have homework which has variety and challenges students in different ways.
  • Monitoring is to form part of intervention. Students behind with work are also missing homework, and this will be made clear to Progress Managers and Parents.
  • All staff to use yellow homework sheets clearly displayed on classroom wall. Teachers in different classrooms need to display this sheet in their main classroom.
  • Homework is to be commented on in lesson observations.

Motivational Activities

Visit to Alton Towers for ICT and Media GCSE Classes- this involves a visit plus a presentation to students on ICT and Media issues at the site.

Visit to Cadbury World - a tour of the factory, and a talk about marketing and production.

Visit to Jacobs’ factory - a tour of the factory, and a talk about finance and quality control.

Interviews with business representatives in school - people from linked businesses attend and offer all Year 11 students a full interview, with feedback and other advice given. Students prepare for the interview using recruitment documents, and attend on the day.

Mersey rail link - link with Mersey Rail, who deliver content for a variety of BTEC courses. Further involvement includes talks given at Rail House, and students from the school planning and hosting the launching of new facilities at Rice Lane station.

Colomendy Visit for Year 7 - a three day visit includes ICT and Media activities, including a multimedia slide show of the visit and ICT activities including programming.

Year 6 Taster Days - ICT Activity- each year a taster day is held for Year 6 students, prior to their starting at the school. Previous ICT contributions include designing an App for the Olympics, Advanced searching on web browsers and Media activities.

Primary liaison with ICT taught-

Enterprise activity - School entered the Liverpool Vision Enterprise contest. This was to encourage enterprise skills amongst the Merseyside school community. These were Dragon’s Den type activities with rounds and a final. Group made the final.

Enterprise activity - Involved with Lion Heart Enterprise Challenge, a national competition for schools entering groups. Activities involved working with business representatives to design new products and market them.






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