Published on January 2nd, 2015 | by What2Learn0
ICT to Computing
2011 saw an ever-increasing torrent of criticism of the teaching of Information Communication Technology in UK schools. Negative headlines in the national press were commonplace:
- “School ICT lessons a ‘turn-off’, says Royal Society”
- “Computer lessons are out of date, admits government”
- “UK tech industry says ICT curriculum failing”
- “ICT ‘poor in schools’, Ofsted says”
- “Decline and Fall: The UK’s shocking IT Education Record”
The result of this criticism was that in January 2012 Michael Gove disapplied ICT, branding it a “mess” and removing it from the national curriculum. It took until September 2013 before guidance came on what ICT was being replaced with through the publication of the ‘National curriculum in England: computing programmes of study’.
The scale of curricular change and the timescale it needs to happen in is unprecedented. The difference between ICT and Computing can be likened to the difference between driving a car and to being a mechanic. Although most adults are comfortable driving a car, how many have any idea of what is going on under the bonnet? Many teachers currently employed to deliver ICT face the prospect of a steep learning curve in order to deliver the fundamentals of programming and computing.
The good news is that the changes bring some fantastic opportunities to breathe some fresh exciting elements to your curriculum without spending any money at all. The approaches and resources suggested on this section of What2Learn will also make it possible for your pupils to continue developing their interest and knowledge in Computing at home with a wide range of free-to-access software and web tools. Try to embrace the change, and if you are struggling to do this go to You Tube and search for the video “What most schools don’t teach”. Share the video with your classes – it will be a great motivator to them!