Supplementary guidance for the inspection of ICT in schools

estyn_sup_guide_ict“From September 2016, Estyn will continue to inspect ICT across the curriculum, but will for the first time report on standards on every inspection. Each inspection report from September onwards will therefore include a paragraph on pupils’ standards in applying ICT across the curriculum in 1.1, as well as recording evidence in 1.1.4.

“Please note that the subject is ICT and not IT as was previously the case in the 2000 NC orders. As a result, both the subject and the key skill share the same title. This has led to significant confusion in schools. This confusion will hopefully disappear with the introduction of the Digital Competence Framework and the Science & Technology Area of Learning and Experience as part of the development stemming from ‘Successful Futures’.”

The main headlines are:

1. Each inspection report from September onwards will therefore include a paragraph on pupils’ standards in applying ICT across the curriculum in 1.1, as well as recording evidence in 1.1.4.

2. Inspectors don’t expect printed work, but will sit with pupils in front of a computer, so that the pupils can access their work. (Similar approach to listening to pupils reading in Literacy)

3. If there is no evidence of Data Handling or Modelling, Estyn will ‘consider Unsatisfactory for ICT’, which will have a direct knock-on effect on the whole inspection process in that particular school.

4. The table of Progression in ICT, on page 2 is clear.

5. Each appendix at the back of the document, are really useful, also:

Appendix 1: Possible range of ICT skills in the Foundation Phase
Appendix 2: Possible range of ICT skills in key stage 2
Appendix 3: Possible range of ICT skills in key stage 3
Appendix 4: Possible range of ICT skills in key stage 4
Appendix 5: Questions for listening to learners in the Foundation Phase and key stage 2 for ICT

Appendix 6: Questions for the senior manager overseeing the work of the co-ordinator(s) for ICT
Appendix 7: Questions for the ICT skills co-ordinator
Appendix 8: Prompts for evaluating the effectiveness of transition between primary and secondary schools
Appendix 9: 2.1 Provision for skills
Appendix 10: Developing ICT across the primary and secondary curriculum based on the Skills Framework for 3 to 19-year-olds in Wales (WAG, 2008)

Link to guidance documents in English and Welsh: https://www.estyn.gov.wales/document/supplementary-guidance-inspection-ict-schools

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