Unofficial draft ICT PoS

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This page is pretty much defunct now that official drafts of the PoS are available (see the 2nd draft by BCS/RAEng). What we need now are examples (lots of them) of activities that you can do to meet these requirements.


This is a totally unofficial draft of the ICT PoS - unlinked in any way to other drafts that might be being developed by BCS/RAEng, the DfE, or anyone else. It is not going to feed formally into any of the formal process for developing the ICT PoS - its just for fun and interest - and who knows, it might be helpful to the community as part of the raft of wiki curricula that Gove advocated ...

Guidance re PoS[edit]

The ICT PoS is expected to be 1 side of A4 in length in total. To make things easier I have left out the introductory preamble about Purpose, Aims, etc.

I have used the stem sentence that the DfE seems to expect (Pupils will be taught to:).
The DfE wants the focus to be on what will be taught rather than learning outcomes. Bear in mind too that the DfE seems to want to focus on Knowledge rather than skills.

Putting an * at the start of a new line gives you a bullet point. Putting ** at the start of a new line gives you a sub-bullet point.

If you want to comment on or discuss this draft (rather than editing it) then use the discussion page.

Key Stage 1[edit]

Pupils will be taught to:

  • describe some ways in which new technologies are used in their own and other people's lives
  • {Add your idea here}

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Key Stage 2[edit]

Pupils will be taught to:

  • program in order to achieve specified goals
  • {Add your idea here}

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Key Stage 3[edit]

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Analyse and evaluate current apps/games and create their own from a brief, using Graphic Design and Programming knowledge, skills and understanding. (These ideas may be too practical for here, but I thought I'd get something down! ZoeR)
  • Understand modern, effective web design, including CSS and HTML, creating their own website using a range of techniques and tools.


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Key Stage 4[edit]

Pupils will be taught to:

This is based on the presumption that ICT (or whatever it may be called, digiteracy is not a good name) is distinct to and complements Computer Science (although students would probably have to take one or the other).

This more Social Science based course could include main headings such as:

IT systems - an understanding of the key components of IT systems that would enable the student to make informed decisions about IT systems studied.

Social and ethical issues - such as privacy, anonymity, surveillance

Scenarios - such as education, transport, employment, politics, leisure

Stakeholder analysis - the role of an iterative analysis of the IT system, the ethical issues and the scenario from multiple viewpoints


Much of the teaching would be through the use of appropriate case studies.

Any such course would examine the inter-relationship between human beings and information and communication technologies. The focus of the subject is on the social/ethical considerations that are associated with an in-depth stakeholder analysis linked to IT systems in a range of contexts. It is significantly different to Computer Science, which addresses problem solving and computational thinking


If you want to comment or discuss this draft then use the discussion page.