Developing capability in ICT helps all pupils become part of the rapidly changing world in which technology is an essential part. ICT can help pupils to develop their broader communication and literacy skills through technologies that support interaction with other pupils as well as staff.
For some pupils, communication and literacy skills will develop through using a range of visual and written materials, for example, photographs, symbols and large print, as well as ICT and other technological aids. Other pupils will develop these skills through using alternative and augmentative communication, for example, facial expressions and gestures, signing and use of a Voice Output Communication Aid (VOCA).
ICT, in particular use of computers and entertainment systems, also provides engaging, motivating and meaningful leisure activities that many pupils can learn to access independently to structure their leisure time enjoyably and appropriately. ICT can also encourage creativity. It can help pupils take greater responsibility for their own learning, plan and organise their ideas, and produce and present work of a high standard.