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Press Release - Exciting Times for ICT - 11 June 2012

Author: Jan Webb
We are in exciting times for ICT education and in response to the government announcement made on June 11th, Naace has shared its response with our members and partners. The document can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.

It is an exciting time for ICT in schools at the moment and Naace, the ICT Association, whose mission is to advance education through the use of technology, welcomes the announcement by the Secretary of State this morning that ICT is set to remain part of the National Curriculum for 2014 and the future. The value of ICT in our children's education and as an integral part of their lives, society and industry has been recognised by maintaining its role as a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in all key stages. ICT remains a compulsory part of the curriculum until then, although, as expected, the current programmes of study and attainment targets are disapplied from September.

Miles Berry, Naace Board of Management Chair, said, "It's not surprising that the Secretary of State has decided to proceed with his plans to 'disapply' the ICT programmes of study and attainment targets. We know many Naace members are eager to respond to the opportunities this provides to develop an up to date, creative and challenging curriculum tailored to the needs, interests and aspirations of their pupils. It's interesting that today's announcement comes alongside Gove's rejection of the National Curriculum Expert Panel's recommendation that ICT be relegated to the 'basic curriculum' in 2014, perhaps recognising that in the third millennium the right to a broad technological education isn't something which can be just left for individual schools to determine. The plans for a statutory ICT programme of study in 2014 which will "be much shorter to allow for the maximum level of innovation at school level in the development of content", seems a good balance between an entitlement for everyone and the space to innovate for all that can."

Schools will now be looking to build on successful aspects of their current practice. As provision is reviewed and areas to develop are identified, Naace and its members and sponsors continue to support schools and teachers in the process with our ICT Curriculum Framework www.naace.co.uk/naacecurriculum, which provides an outline of those areas of knowledge, skills and understanding which will enable a broad and balanced learning experience. It includes those aspects of computing and programming that many now see as vital. Training opportunities such as www.ictcpd4free.co.uk and our Third Millennium Hothouse www.naace.co.uk/events/Naace3mhothouse will continue to help those who are wishing to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead. Further information about today's announcements can be found below.

In December 2011 the Department published The Framework for the National Curriculum, a report by the Expert Panel which advised the National Curriculum review. Since then Ministers have been considering the panel's recommendations, informed by consultation with stakeholders. The Secretary of State has now written to Tim Oates, the Chair of the panel, with his response to the panel's recommendations for the primary curriculum.

New draft Programmes of Study for primary English, Mathematics and Science have also been published today. These drafts are a starting point for discussion with key stakeholders at this stage, but there will be a full public consultation on revised drafts which will start towards the end of this year.

Copies of both the letter and the draft Programmes of Study can be found at: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/nationalcurriculum/b0075667/national-curriculum-review-update.

The Secretary of State will make a further announcement on the future of the National Curriculum as it applies to secondary schools in due course.

The Government has also decided to proceed with the proposal to disapply the current Programmes of Study for ICT from September 2012, having carefully considered the responses to the recent public consultation. The consultation report is available on the Department's website at: http://www.education.gov.uk/consultations/index.cfm?action=conResults&consultationId=1802&external=no&menu=3. As part of this decision, Ministers have confirmed that ICT will continue to be a compulsory subject at all four key stages in the new National Curriculum.

The Secretary of State has today launched a public consultation on the draft regulations that will bring this decision into force. The consultation document and details on how to respond can be accessed at www.education.gov.uk/consultations/.

Press Release - Exciting Times for ICT - 11 June 2012
We are in exciting times for ICT education and in response to the government announcement made on June 11th, Naace has shared its response with our members and partners. The document can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.