About the course
School Direct programmes contain a core Professional Studies element and a series of Subject Studies sessions designed for your chosen specialism. Some of these take place at the placement school and some at the University of Warwick.
Trainees then take what they have learned in the training room directly into the classroom where they put it into practice under the supervision and guidance of mentors and fellow colleagues who will provide support, feedback and key guidance to ensure that all trainees make the required progress. Professional Studies sessions, based at Caludon Castle School, are facilitated by leading practitioners who have a track record of excellence in teaching.
The course will include:
At Key Stage 3, Computing is covered in the following sectors:
What algorithms are and what they can be used for, involving the need for accuracy.
How to write executable programs in at least one language.
An understanding of integers, characters and strings, the use of Boolean operators and abstraction by functions.
In addition, an understanding of the difference between errors of syntax and errors in meaning.
Understand how computers represent data, including representations of text, sounds and pictures.
The main components that make up a computer system, and how they fit together.
For Key Stage 4, Computing is covered in the following sectors:
The choice of an algorithm along with influences on that choice.
Algorithm design is also covered along with performance characteristics.
Manipulation of logical expressions, two-dimensional arrays, some low-level programming ideally with the ability to read and write data.
Development of programs to meet a specification.
Hexadecimal representation, string manipulation, two's complement, data compression and problems associated with discrete binary representations.
For Key Stage 5, Computing is covered in the following sectors
Data, information & knowledge, the value and importance of information, quality of information and validation and verification.
Capabilities and limitations of ICT along with uses of ICT.
Database systems and modelling.
Networks and the internet, HCIs and working with ICT.
ICT security policies, management of change, management information systems and the SDLC.
Hardware, software, data transmission, characteristics of information systems and implications of computer use.
Trainees will have experience in at least two secondary schools and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in school life, participating in extra-curricular activities, parent meetings, and cross-curricular events. Trainees, also get the chance to spend some time working with children with special educational needs.
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