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Information, communication and learning technology

Claremont Fan Court School believes that the requirements of pupils in the 21st century will be radically different from previous years. The emergence of global economies and the reliance on technology requires the development of skills such as creative and critical thinking, independent learning, access to data, evaluation and the ability to communicate effectively within all cultures.

The ICLT department

The ICLT department comprises of four support staff, supporting many aspects of learning and teaching at Claremont Fan Court School. This ranges from maintaining the laptop scheme through to the network infrastructure. The ICLT department also runs co-curricular activities such as clubs and drama productions.

The school laptop

The school believes that integration of ICLT into subject areas rather than being taught as a discrete subject is the most efficient way for pupils to use the technological tools available to them for effective learning and to promote cross-curricular links. To this end, pupils from Year 4 to Year 11 are equipped with a laptop computer as part of their school equipment. The laptop is personally owned by the parents and is purchased from our laptop partners.

Like all technology, laptops need to undergo a periodic refresh due to limitations of warranty, insurance and general wear and tear. Our experience of running the scheme for over ten years, combined with research from the Sony Company in schools, suggests that the lifetime of a laptop in a school is three years. Our main refresh years are therefore Year 4, Year 7 and Year 10.

A parent with a pupil entering between Years 4 and 10 is obliged to purchase a new laptop. The laptop will be refreshed every three years after the initial purchase.

Sixth form students are also expected to use a laptop for their learning but are given the freedom to bring any suitable laptop which best meets their educational requirements. The only requirement is that they have up-to-date anti virus software and an office editing suite such as Microsoft Office, Open Office or Apple's Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps.

Laptop maintenance and safety information

For all pupils with school scheme laptops, please take note of the following important information:

Use your protective case at all times
The laptop must be carried and stored in a protective case at all times. This is a school rule and helps keep the laptop in good condition and protects it from drops.

Do not store paper in the protective case or underneath laptop
Storing paper in the protective case especially under the laptop reduces the air flow and risks the laptop overheating and failing.

Decorating and naming your protective case
Please decorate and name your protective case. Stickers and decoration prevent other pupils from accidentally picking up and taking the wrong laptop away.

Please charge your laptop at home
It is important to charge your laptop in the evenings before your next school day. Allowing your laptop to run out of battery during the school day can be very disruptive to the class.

Only use an official charger supplied by the school’s ICLT dept
Using non-manufacturer and non-UK laptop chargers can be the source of significant damage to the laptop and battery and in worst case can be potentially hazardous.

Please note there are chargers available on both amazon and eBay that claim to be genuine manufacturer but are not.

Damage to your laptop charger
If you have damage to your laptop charger please stop using it immediately and visit the school’s ICLT department with the faulty charger to obtain a replacement.

Battery care
When storing the laptop for longer periods of time without use please charge the battery to around 50% before storing. Please do not store it for long periods of time at very low charge.

Please ensure you do not leave or store your laptop in areas where it will get hot such as in direct sunlight.