Business & Computing Department
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The Business & Computing Department
Head of Department = Mr D Staniforth
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 learner works to the best of their ability.
Learners in all year groups are working towards GCSE exams with the AQA exam board for Computer Science and OCR for IT National Award, as well as Edexcel for Business Studies.
Learners are currently assessed on the number grade 1-9 or the IT National Award 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 learners will be assessed on their knowledge of theory through GCSE style exam papers.
Learners 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.
The expectation for home learning is that learners will complete a minimum of one home learning activity per week.
Every year our department run a KS3 coding club at break time, which is usually facilitated by our learner subject leaders.
Throughout the year a variety of enrichment opportunities take place such as the Hour of Code, Tameside Hack and the HSBC Stock Market Challenge.