A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
For SEND learners, technology can provide opportunities for them to be in control of their world. They have the right to access the technology and access learning to use that technology effectively.
A high-quality computing education equips me to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and have some control over the world around me.
(eLearning Team, Sheffield)
We continue to work with teachers in special schools and SENCOs in mainstream schools to develop materials to support the provision of appropriate learning experiences for SEND students.
Experiences for SEND learners to access a Computing Curriculum
The SEND project, led by the Somerset Partnership Teaching School, funded by Teaching Schools and co-ordinated by eLIM; provides learning experiences for pupils in special schools or working below age expected levels in a primary school.
KS3 students in a special school or working below expectations in a secondary school can use appropriate New Wessex planning materials. Fairmead Special school have shared their adaptation of this planning
to meet the needs of their KS3 learners.
Teachers from Special Schools and SENCOs from Primary Schools worked together during the SEND project in 2014 to consider what Computing can look like for learners with complex needs. Learning objectives and activities are published for p-scales 4 - 8, see DfE Computing p-scale statements for p-scales 1 - 3.
The progression documents include the DfE p-scales for computing published in July 2014 and additional SEND Computing Progression Framework suggested by Sheffield City Council. PSHE p-scale statements are referred to in the e-safety progression. Examples of the ways the learning opportunities have been used and their impact are linked from the planning documents.
Programming objectives and activities p-scale 4 - 8
e-Safety objectives and activities p-scale 4 - 8 (note: these are our old statements that have been updated as part of ActiveBYTE scheme of work)
Technology in our lives, Multimedia and Handling Data objectives and activities p-scale 4 - 8
Our thanks go to the schools involved: Brookside Primary School, Countess Gytha Primary School, Critchill Special School, Elmwood and Penrose Federation, Fairmead Special School, Fiveways Special School, Fosse Way School, Selworthy Special School, St Michael’s Academy and to Somerset PIMS team.
The progressive approach used is based on eLIM's model for Computing curriuclum.