ICT - Computing - Nothing? What do you think?
I find it hard not to think that a great deal of DfE activity isn't particularly considered.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Department decided at this late stage to dramatically alter what has been constructed, or to offer the PoS as guidance only, or to drop ICT from the NC or to wholeheartedly endorse the whole thing and then offer no resource for CPD.
The great heat generated about ex-servicemen teaching for example has only resulted in around 120 entering teacher training schemes. Lots of noise in the system makes it very hard to read the signals..
I worry that you might be right Alex. Someone (who I guess I better not name) suggested to me the other day that Gove might come along to BETT next year and announce that in the light of the fantastic work that has been done by teachers this year, whilst the ICT PoS and ATs were disapplied, he has decided to drop ICT from the National Curriculum totally.
I think that is unlikely - but I could imagine a scenario where Gove says something along the lines of:
- Every one (including the BCS and RAEng according to Merlin John) have been advising me to adhere to the recommendations in the Royal Society Report on Computing in Schools
- I have been listening, and based on that advice I have decided that we will drop ICT from the National Curriculum and introduce Digital Literacy as a basic subject
- Schools will continue to be free to teach Computer Science as part of their greater curriculum freedom, and I expect to see a range of high quality qualifications for Computer Science at Key Stage 4 and 5 thanks to the fantastic work of the exam boards.
We would all be losers if that were to happen.