1 Exploring the National Curriculum

All students have a statutory entitlement to ICT. This is contained within the programme of study statement produced by the QCDA [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . The programme highlights four key areas:

The four areas can also be viewed in the KS3 programme of study document.

In planning for assessment you will need to understand the core components of each of the four areas.


Follow the links to each area, consider the content and student activity that may enable the areas to be covered. Rank the areas according to your confidence in understanding.

Focus on the two areas you are least confident in. What reduces your confidence in the areas? Is it a case of resources, student capability or limited personal experience of incorporating the areas into your practice?

Choose a sub-area from each of the two focus points. Plan a practical task that allows students to provide evidence for each of the sub-areas.