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IN TOUCH WITH PUPIL EMPLOYABILITY
King Charles 1 School in Kidderminster is adding another string to its pupils bows with the addition of a specialist touch typing course for over 200 pupils in Year 9. The pupils, including those with learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, are now utilising the course. It is launched in their IT lessons and initially provided as a homework activity. The pupils have a full year access at home to allow them to continue with this valuable work.
Regardless of what career a pupil embarks upon, a high percentage will use a keyboard in their daily work, and they are all likely to use a keyboard in their leisure time. Indeed, the ability to touch type is not only an advantage but an important life skill in the ever-developing world of technology and communication.
The specialist touch typing teaching software, also used by the NHS to develop staff administration skills, has been provided by Worcestershire Management and Training Company The Activity Group. Of the 41 pupils who have completed the most recent course, most are achieving net typing speeds of 28, 34 and 42 words per minute and accuracy rates of 81%, 98% and 100%.
Eileen Stead, Business Enterprise Manager for King Charles 1 School Sixth Form Centre comments:At King Charles 1 School we endorse the importance of developing the pupils employability skills and are always looking for innovative ways to do this as well as supporting Continuous Professional Development for all our staff.
Teaching staff report that pupils have responded really well to this course. For those who continued beyond the required homework the results have been amazing: pupils excelled and teaching staff wished that they had done it before.
Steve Descher, Activity Groups Managing Director explains: We use computers in many different aspects of our lives from childhood to adults. Given the expectation that secondary school pupils and university students will type their essays and coursework, the ability for a pupil to be able to touch type effectively and accurately is time saving and efficient and could effectively help give a competitive edge in the workplace.
He added: For children with Dyslexia, learning to touch type is an extremely valuable skill, early learning benefits comprehension, reading, vocabulary and spelling and we are working with school SENCOs on this specific aspect of touch typing.
The web based course has diverse exercises which include keyboard drills, timed exercises, review exercises, typing tests and games, all providing optimal support for every phase of learning. The course management reporting tool monitors the pupils learning as they progress through the course. Once the pupil has completed the course they then receive their own personal certificate that details their results and achievements.
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