Whose draft ICT curriculum is it anyway?

Expert advisors on the ICT curriculum were shocked when the DfE made more than 50 changes to their draft programmes of study. As approval looms for the controversial document, the row over what ICT education should look like continues. Bob Harrison explai

According to a senior Department for Education (DfE) official, “unless there is an overwhelming response for change” during the final consultation, the new computing programmes of study drafted and finally edited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) will gain ministerial approval and will be published this September, for first teaching a year later.

Curriculum reform has been a drawn-out and tortuous process which began with the Royal Society report Shut Down or Restart, commissioned by Microsoft, Google, and university computer science departments concerned about the quality and number of graduates and plummeting enrolments.

This prompted education secretary Michael Gove to label the teaching of ICT in schools as “dull and boring” and disapply the national curriculum programmes of study in order to allow schools to be more creative in their approach.

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