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BBC News - School ICT to be replaced by Computer Science programme

Thu, 30 May 2013

BBC News - School ICT to be replaced by Computer Science programme


A major update to the national curriculum has seen ICT ditched in favour of a new qualification in computing which focuses on practical programming says the BBC.

The current information and technology (ICT) curriculum in England's schools is a "mess" and must be radically revamped, the education secretary has announced.

From September it will be replaced by a flexible curriculum in computer science and programming, designed with the help of universities and industry.

The out-dated curriculum in ICT had been widely criticised for being overly focused on using Office Software with little attention given to programming.

Computer Science will more generally give pupils a fundamental understanding of how computers and computer networks work and how to solve problems they will face in an increasingly IT literature world.

The Department of Education believes that the new curriculum is more relevant for students today, with a focus on "the principles of computer science and practical programming."  

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