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UK government drops ICT curriculum

Teachers given power to choose information and communication technology focus

The UK government has scrapped the set information and communication technology (ICT) curriculum, giving teachers the power to plan their own lessons.

"Overall, there was a broad consensus amongst respondents that the existing Programmes of Study and Attainment Targets for ICT were not fit for purpose," said the Department for Eductation's consultation document.

"Under the new regulations schools will still be required to teach ICT at all key stages as part of the National Curriculum but teachers will have the freedom and flexibility to design an ICT curriculum that is best for their pupils."

The consultation was launched on January 18 and closed on April 11, with a public consultation now open until July 11.

"Great news announced today by Gov to scrap the ICT [curriculum] so schools will be free to teach Computer Science from Sept," commented UKIE deputy chair Ian Livingstone via Twitter, who is a committed supporter of computer science teaching in schools.

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robert troughton Managing Director, Coconut Lizard5 years ago
Fantastic news. My son's been doing his ICT GCSE this year and, so, it's too late to benefit him (I was always a little worried about how building a website in Powerpoint was going to help him in the future...). But it's definitely a good move for the country to drop this garbage course.
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James Prendergast Research Chemist 5 years ago
Wasn't one of their points that the current set-up is limited because most IT teachers are under-qualified and experienced? How is putting the decisions in their hands going to be any better? Last I heard they were talking about sending every IT teacher on a course to help their skills... This isn't as "great" as people seem to be saying it is...
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 5 years ago
Back when I did GCSE many moons ago, I also took ICT. The course was useless because already by that point the kids of my generation basically already knew how to do everything. So really we didn't learn anything useful at all in those lessons. I'm not opposed to having GCSE ICT on the curriculum but it needs a major overhaul and it needs to catch up with the times. Especially if the course was already way behind on what kids can already do over a decade ago.
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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve5 years ago
@James
I worry about the same thing, when I was in school, GCSE ICT was taught by teachers that had no specialisation in the area, they were mostly just teachers from other subjects bought in to teach from books. Without some serious backing to the teaching, this could backfire.
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