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Press Release - 2014 Computing Curriculum 8 July 2013

Author: Jan Webb
On Monday 8th July 2013, the new National Curriculum was published. It is still labelled "draft" and there is a further consultation process until 8th August. But it seems that much of the feedback that Naace and CAS sent to the DfE has been taken on board. Does this now mean we can move forward with preparing schools and teachers adequately for implementing the curriculum?

The publication of the National Curriculum by the government today brings an end to the recent period of instability and provides a point from which we can move forward.  Naace are already working with CAS (Computing at Schools) to prepare joint guidance that will support teachers interpreting and implementing the new programme of study for Computing. 

Naace welcomes the refinements that have taken place to the Computing Programme of Study as a result of the wide consultation process, especially the increased prominence of e-safety considerations. However, the impact of the National Curriculum as a national resource is somewhat minimised with large numbers of schools exempted from following it and concerns that were raised about the role of technology in other subjects have not been addressed.

Much of digital literacy and information technology are largely part of a single bullet point which will need to be expanded by schools as they develop their own individual approaches to delivering the curriculum. The  national curriculum does not suggest that any bullet point or collection of bullet points is any more important than another.  To make the broad and balanced curriculum that Ofsted favour, schools will need to unpack points such as ”Using technology …. to create… digital content “Select… a variety of software… to accomplish given goals”, “Create… digital artefacts…”.  These  all open up a wealth of possible learning experiences and schools will wish to include opportunities to learn about the full range of audio, images, video and sound within their creative projects. 

Naace will continue to provide support for teachers and schools during this transitionary period, with a full professional development programme available, developed through our close collaborative partnerships with others seeking to support teachers and schools in practical, helpful ways. Our Hothouse on 25 July provides up-skilling opportunities for teachers and practical insights to help prepare for the 2014 curriculum. Join in with our inspirational Autumn conference series which will see quality discussions and insight for those working to develop their school curriculum with a focus on policy, theory and practice.

 

 

Press Release - 2014 Computing Curriculum 8 July 2013
On Monday 8th July 2013, the new National Curriculum was published. It is still labelled "draft" and there is a further consultation process until 8th August. But it seems that much of the feedback that Naace and CAS sent to the DfE has been taken on board. Does this now mean we can move forward with preparing schools and teachers adequately for implementing the curriculum?