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Computing challenges and resources

Computing and STEM
There are plenty of challenges in delivering the new computing curriculum, but plenty of help and resources to be found as well. Computing teacher Ray Chambers offers his advice.


Three years ago, January 2012 marked the start of considerable change for ICT teachers. Lots of us had heard rumblings and rumours about the national curriculum but it came as a surprise when Michael Gove, the then education secretary, announced that the whole ICT curriculum was to be abolished.

The old national curriculum was very much focused on the application of ICT tools. Students would learn how to use spreadsheet models, desktop publishing and word processing. These were all valid skills for the work industry but were slowly starting to be taught as part of other subjects. For example, many English lessons would get students to use word processing skills to produce creative writing pieces.

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