Press Release - Naace ICT Curriculum for KS3

Author: Michelle Cank
Press Release - Naace ICT Curriculum for KS3

Embargoed for press until Wednesday 11 January 2012 at 0100hrs

Naace ICT Curriculum for KS3 - Join us on the Naace Stand, J42, for a presentation on Friday 13 January 2012 at 3pm

Naace is delighted to share details of a draft Naace ICT Curriculum for KS3.

Naace believes that a new ICT Curriculum is necessary and should be designed to raise standards of learning and teaching and help improve learner’s life chances.

Naace bases its proposals on the concept that learners have what may be termed a “Digital Life”. In practice this will be several interwoven digital lives - in school, in work, in social networks and in everyday activities such as shopping and game playing. All require learners to have a wide range of core skills, knowledge and competence if they are to be effective, safe and knowledgeable citizens.

Building on best practice and taking full account of the concerns regarding the content, range and standards of the current National Curriculum our suggestions focus on the importance of knowledge, skills and the intelligent application of ICT and computing capabilities.

We thus propose to develop a curriculum that ensures that learners have a sound knowledge of:
•    Technical aspects of ICT and computing
•    Core applications and how to use them effectively
•    Safety, security and the law
•    Business aspects of ICT
•    Digital literacy and personal use of ICT.

Naace believes that there is no prescribed way of teaching ICT and computing and there can be no prescribed script for any lesson. The proposals are therefore sufficiently flexible to enable a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies that can be adapted to meet the varied needs of learners, cope with resource limitations and support the use of ICT in a student’s wider learning.

Naace is delighted to announce that it will devote a full day to the development of this curriculum at the Naace Strategic Conference 2012. Naace looks forward to working with Naace Members, Partner Organisations such as e-skills, CAS, TES, Rising Stars, IBM and other professionals to define and elaborate on this first draft. To find out more about this inaugural event go to

Incoming Naace Chair, Miles Berry, comments ‘We are delighted with the interest in and the appetite for the modern ICT curriculum. This is a rigorous scheme that will provide a sound basis for learners to engage in a wide range of KS4 academic and vocational options including Computing, ICT, Business Studies and media related courses. It will therefore assist in advancing education for our learners which is, after all, our mission in Naace.’

Full details can be found –

Notes for Editors

Naace is the professional association for those concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT). Naace has a long history of providing accreditation and quality assurance in education through a number of schemes including NaaceMark for Service Providers, ITEM (the international self-review framework) and the ICT Mark which Naace administers.

Contact at BETT:
Bernadette Brooks – 07753 911436,, or enquire on the Naace stand (J42)

Press Release - Naace ICT Curriculum for KS3
Press Release - Naace ICT Curriculum for KS3