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Computing: A busy year ahead for schools

The countdown is well under way towards the new computing curriculum. Bob Harrison considers the challenges facing schools in 2014 – both with computing and wider use of technology – and discusses the support available for computing to help schools hit th

Last year saw a seismic shift in the ICT national curriculum as it was morphed into computing at the behest of education minister Elizabeth Truss following lobbying from, and then co-operation with, the British Computer Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Despite the criticism of the wider ICT education community, the broader IT industry and a curious drafting process and public consultation where concerns were expressed about the in-balance between the three core elements of ICT – digital literacy, information technology, and computer science – teachers are now faced with what is virtually a new subject, the core of which is essentially computer science.

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