Here at ALC, we promote and offer a wide range of opportunities to develop cyber security education and further career opportunity within our whole school environment. We have participated in the CyberFirst Girls Competition and Development Days with our learners. Our primary campuses are incorporating Cyber Sprinters into ICT lessons with our younger learners.
All students in Key Stage 3 study Computer Science for three hours a fortnight and it is a popular subject at GCSE and A level. We run a weekly computing club which is hosted by local STEM volunteers, and students enjoy participating in competitions and activities which are made available to us through CyberFirst. We also benefit tremendously from our network of industry contacts who generously give their time to support staff and students.
As well as offering GCSE Computer Science, we have a thriving extra-curricular cyber scene that allows pupils of all ages to enter competitions and be involved with other projects. We have good links with local software businesses and teachers are able to complete CPD with Teach the Teacher courses.
The KS3 curriculum includes a one hour a week Computer Science/ICT lesson, which is used in part to educate pupils about topics such as data protection, online safety, networks and encryption. At KS4 we offer Computer Science and Digital Technology of which the update is increasing every year. We are continually looking to improve our curriculum and with this in mind we are working with the Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff University to increase our Cyber Security opportunities. These include Hackathon, Robotics, Game Development and many more lectures that our pupils have enjoyed. UK Bebras Computation Thinking Challenge, BIMA and Game of Codes are just some of the extracurricular activities that the pupils enjoy each year. These activities take part at our weekly coding club where approximately 30 students from Year 7 to 13. Keeping abreast of Cyber Security is vital for our communities and we fully embrace the development for both staff and pupils CyberFirst continually provide.
We compete in the CyberFirst Girls competition and we also compete in the Cyber Discovery adventures programme hosted by CyberFirst. In Key Stage 3, we teach Cryptography and look at encryption techniques and the Enigma machine. We regularly promote training and awareness opportunities amongst our pupils, via our social media outlets and in class.
At Dean Close School pupils develop essentials cyber skills while engaging with immersive labs and competing in CyberCenturion. Pupils explore a future in cyber, attending the CyberFirst Careers Fair and CyNam events. We also offer the CyberEPQ qualification, which carries affiliate membership of the chartered institute of information security.
We are Selective Girls' Grammar school based in Gloucester, who have a tradition of using their industrial cyber links to support the curriculum. In year 8 all students take part in both a Cyber day, where companies come in to let the students experience all elements of cyber, as well as taking part in the Cyberfirst competition. In the upper years, GCSE and A Level are well established and lead on to both University and Apprenticeships. Throughout school, technology and cyber are used to support the curriculum and extra-curriculum activities.
Esafety and cybersecurity are key elements of the curriculum at Movilla High School and we encourage all of our stakeholders to stay safe online, promoting cybersecurity through staff training, KS3 and KS4 curriculum and social media. Year 9 girls were given the opportunity to participate in Cyberfirst Girls’ Competition and one team has made the regional final. Through Extended Schools KS3 pupils are given the opportunity to attend Coding and Minecraft Clubs.
Cyber days, cyber careers and units in cyber from Year 7 to Year 13. Trips and visits to cyber related activities and relevant contacts within the cyber industry for work experience or mentoring where appropriate.
Year 8 girls take part in the CyberFirst Girls competition with 2021's team reaching the finals. Pupils in the past have followed the Cyber Discovery programme. All pupils are encouraged to follow the CISCO Introduction to Cyber Security course. A local Cyber Security company called “Wolfberry” offer work placements for Rougemont pupils to gain an invaluable insight into Cyber.
The UTC provides specialist technical education for 14-19 year old students in cyber security, enabling students in Y9 or Y11 to leave to leave their current school and join us specifically to study cyber security (5 hours over a fortnight at KS4 and up to 15 hours per week at KS5). In addition, the UTC offers activities including practical skills labs, lunch time expert talks, mentoring, cyber competitions against other UTCs and NCSC-supported events.
South West College offers a wide range of computing and cyber curriculum from basic to degree level. Curriculum offered includes Cyber Security Awareness, Outreach Programmes, Cyber and Coding Bootcamps. Delivery of accredited certified cyber and computing courses from Pearson BTEC, OCR, OCN NI, C&G etc. Delivery of professional qualifications including: ITQRSB, EC-Council, CompTia, Cisco, Microsoft etc. Bespoke cyber training to industry. Specialist higher level apprenticeship programmes in Cyber and Computing.
In St Patrick’s College developments in IT and Cyber Security are key priorities for pupils, teaching and non teaching staff, senior leadership team and governors. We are part of an area learning community and therefore offer pupils a wider range of subjects to study e.g. Software Systems. Our school has developed extremely strong links with industry and other schools and colleges. Our Head of ICT has completed the CyberFirst Futures course and as a result has assisted in the development of schemes of work and resources for Post 16 study. We have actively engaged in empower cyber week and the CyberFirst Girls Competition where our year 9 girls earned a place in the NI final. The college’s well-established Digital Leaders team have delivered presentations and workshops on internet safety and cyber security to all year groups. The digital leaders have also created a competition whereby pupils could take part in an online quiz at the end of the week to win a voucher.
At the Dean Academy we run a broad and balanced computing curriculum. As well as extra curricular code and gaming clubs. We take an active part in Cyber First activities such as cyber first girls, and look to push our students within the subject area.