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Digital Competency

At QEH our staff are committed to delivering and teaching digital competency throughout the curriculum. We want to ensure that pupils get the opportunity to develop their skills through a wide range of contexts.

Digital Competency are mandatory skills across all areas of learning and experience that are considered within all curriculum design.

Digital Competency Framework-

Digital Competence Framework - Hwb (

About digital competence

Digital competence is the set of skills, knowledge and attitudes that enable the confident, creative and critical use of technologies and systems. It is essential for learners if they are to be informed, capable and have the potential to be successful in today’s society. Digital competence should not be confused with information and communication technology (ICT). Digital competence is one of three cross-curricular responsibilities, alongside literacy and numeracy; it focuses on developing digital skills which can be applied to a wide range of subjects and scenarios that are transferable to the world of work. However, it is not intended that digital competence should be artificially imposed into all subject areas. The DCF therefore includes examples of classroom task ideas that can be used to develop skills in naturally occurring, meaningful ways.

Taken from Digital Competence Framework Guidance. 

Office 365

You can install these Microsoft Office applications free on your personal devices (on up to 5 laptop or desktop computers, 5 tablets and 5 smartphones).

Office for Windows:

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, OneNote, Outlook and Skype for Business

Office for Mac:

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook

Office apps for iPhone, iPad, Android devices or Windows Phone 10:

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Planner, Sway, Teams, To-Do and much more.

How to get Minecraft: Education Edition at home

Minecraft: Education Edition helps prepare students for the future workplace, building skills like collaboration, communication, critical thinking and systems thinking. The open learning environment gives students the freedom to experiment, encouraging creative self-expression and problem solving.

Adobe Creative Cloud – Coming soon!

Adobe Creative Cloud through Hwb offers a platform of 22 products that give learners a comprehensive, mobile, digital makerspace to bring their stories and creativity to life, using the same tools that industry leaders use today.  Products include...

Adobe Photoshop: Learners and teachers can use Photoshop in just about every creative project, from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation and graphic design.


Adobe Acrobat Pro: You can use Acrobat Pro to create, edit, comment, share and sign PDF documents. Save precious time on all your admin.


Adobe InDesign: Your learners can use Adobe InDesign to bring any topic to life by using this page design software to create amazing posters, eBooks and digital magazines.


Adobe XD: Learners and teachers can use Adobe XD to design, build, share and test prototypes for websites, mobile apps, games, and more.

Adobe Premiere Rush: Premiere Rush makes it easy for learners and teachers to create and share online videos and make lessons more interactive and fun.


If you would like to be involved in the QEHS Adobe Creative Cloud trial, please see Mr Lewis G.18 for more information.

Adobe Spark

Hwb users can use Adobe Spark to easily turn ideas into beautiful graphics, web stories, and video presentations, through Spark ‘Post’, ‘Page’ and ‘Video’, developing the digital literacy skills of learners, helping to set them up for future success.

Adobe Spark can be used here: or you can download from the app store.  Just sign-in using your HWB account!

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