ICT across subjects of the curriculum
It is a requirement of Curriculum 2000 that ICT is used in subjects
of the National Curriculum. The statutory requirements for using ICT
in subjects are generally regarded by subject associations as being
reasonable extensions of work undertaken using conventional media, but
with potential to improve teaching and learning were ICT to be used
as the medium for these activities.
Ofsted inspectors will comment in the subject paragraphs that they write
about whether these requirements are being met in subjects. At the present
time it is not uncommon for a subject area to appear in an Ofsted report
as good, except that it currently does not comply with the statutory
requirement to deliver ICT.
ICT is therefore
an area of potential weakness in many otherwise high-achieving schools.
Knowing what the statutory targets are is the first step towards improvement.
The details about statutory targets in subjects can be downloaded from
Many schools wishing to comply with these requirements will make the
understanding, planning and delivery of these requirements part of the
expectation of the role of the Head of Subject. ICT Coordinators are
well placed to offer support and guidance with this area of ICT development.
Beyond statutory targets, the scope for learners to acquire subject
knowledge and skills using the medium of ICT is very great. Potentially
there will be aspects of every lesson which would benefit from the use
of ICT and the development of electronic learning centres in school
will promote such opportunities. In addition, the development of ICT
within areas of the school will further help to integrate the use of
ICT with existing curriculum activities.