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BCS: new draft computing curriculum is welcome

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BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has welcomed the new draft computing curriculum.

It will make up part of the draft national curriculum and has been published today by the Department for Education (DfE) for consultation, after work was carried out to develop the programme last year.

The institute teamed up with the Royal Academy of Engineering and accepted an invitation from the Department for Education (DfE) to co-ordinate the development of a revised programme of study for Information and Communications Technology as part of the National Curriculum review.

In October, the draft was submitted to the DfE as expert advice and was created following input from across the computing community, including school teachers, subject leaders, academics and employers.

As well as this, organisations such as Naace, CAS, ITTE and Next Gen Skill all worked on the programme.

Bill Mitchell, director of BCS academy of computing, said: "We know that pupils from primary school onwards enjoy and are good at computing and that it aids their intellectual development.

"Learning the fundamental principles and techniques of computer science is also important for the development of the UK’s future engineers, scientists and creators of technology."

Mr Mitchell went on to say that the new draft computing curriculum has such principles at its core, while still embodying the most important elements of digital literacy.

"The change of name to computing is an extremely important signal to pupils, parents, schools, employers and universities that this is a new subject based on science and engineering principles," he explained.

At the moment, the EBacc school performance measure is still in place and is totally separate from the planned Ebacc certificates that were due to replace some GCSEs.

It counts the number of pupils who have obtained a grade C or above in a range of GCSEs, with Computer Science counting as one of these options.


Posted by Jon Aspinell on 13th February 2013

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