Just as in the outside world itself, the use of ICT underpins everything we do. Every class has access to at least one PC and iPad, with more devices available to book out, and we use assistive technology such as touch screens, switches, trackballs and joysticks to help give access to these systems to students with more complex needs. Students have a range of age- and ability-appropriate software at their disposal, including Inclusive Technology titles like Big Bang, Switch Skills and Switch IT Maker, as well as the online learning resources HelpKidzLearn and Espresso. Staff use Widgit’s In Print 3 to produce symbolised materials which work in conjunction with the Makaton sign language that many of our students rely upon for communication.
We also provide the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) ICT Functional Skills course for those young people for whom it is appropriate, and this can result in a national recognised qualification which is the equivalent of a GCSE. We have a fully equipped ICT Suite, which includes a 65” HD touch screen and five PCs for group work. In the past we have run a number of bespoke sessions centred around ICT and students have produced a variety of work including animations and short films, which link in with their literacy curriculum.
We have a dedicated ICT Coordinator within the school who works closely with the ICT Department in identifying new and exciting technologies for our students to access.