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Headache - Where the heck do I start?

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by joarnie71, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Firstly my huge apologies as I am a non ICT specialist who is going to have to try to become one before September!
    I work in a small unit for vulnerable students, completely detatched from any secondary school. We have up to 20 students with a massive ability range. They come to us anywhere between the start of Yr10 and January of their Yr11 year, often with no history of previous ICT work. After a successful Ofsted inspection one of the centre's priorites for next year is the development of ICT. As I am the 'most able' to do it it is now my job to try and work out what the heck I am going to do.
    Currently we offer Entry Level, Functional Skills and GCSE s/c with either WJEC or AQA respectively - courses aimed to individual students' ability. The students do not have a set t/table so I may see them for 45 mins a week or 2 hours a week but nothing consistent. I have been told that every student needs to achieve at the highest possible level.
    Ok, so any advice where to start? Our students are not able to sit and do copious amounts of work independently but do like little tick boxes to mark off along the way to show the steps they have made in their progress. Are there any NC legalities - what is the minimum they should be doing etc ?
    Any help and advice greatly appreciated.
  2. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    Bit dull IMHO but predictable, small sections, easy check lists, and up to GCSE equivalent.
  3. Have you considered the Microsoft Certificate?
  4. I know quite a few PRUs do ITQ and if you use OCR you can sit it using WebWise online exams and CLAiT papers so they can sit units whenever they're ready and get a real certificate without having to wait for summer exams. The Extended ITQ is apparently equivalent to 2 GCSEs at the moment.
  5. Yes I work in a PRU. I know what you mean about the course mix, it's just a headache having so many different courses, exam boards etc. I was thinking if there was one 'magical' course all students could work through that had an outcome level suitable to their progress.
  6. No, but i will check it out.
  7. This sounds interesting. OCR here i come. . .

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