12 September 2013
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, welcomes the new computing curriculum, published by the Department for Education (DfE).
Bill Mitchell, Director of BCS Academy of Computing, says: "As the Chartered Institute for IT, we fully welcome and support the new computing curriculum. The new curriculum is a step change that focuses on computational thinking whilst still embodying the most important aspects of digital literacy, which everyone needs to live effectively in our digital society.
“The most important thing for us now is to support teachers in making this curriculum come to life. In order to do this we will be working in partnership with the Computing At School (CAS) group to ensure computing becomes an exciting and inspirational subject in all schools across the country.”
Bill continues: “This change represents a real opportunity to give all pupils the chance to become future creators and inventors of technology and maybe future technology entrepreneurs. Although the change is ambitious we know from talking to schools that are already teaching Computing that children from primary school age enjoy, are good at, and develop intellectually by doing Computing. So there is every reason to introduce Computing across the whole school education system. Equally important is the change of name to computing which gives a signal to pupils, parents, schools, employers and universities that this is a new subject based on science and engineering principles."
Late last year, the Institute together with the Royal Academy of Engineering accepted an invitation from the Department for Education (DfE) to co-ordinate the development of the revised programme of study for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as part of the National Curriculum review in England. The draft, upon which the curriculum is based, was created with advice from across the computing community including classroom school teachers, subject leaders, academics, employers, as well as organisations such as Naace, CAS, ITTE, Next Gen Skill.