Computer Science In English Baccalaureate
Written by Sue Gee   
Saturday, 02 February 2013

Computer Science has been added to the list of core academic subjects that are included in the English Baccalaureate, a key performance measure for  English schools.

Recognizing the importance of computer science for the future of both education and the economy the UK government's Department of Education has decided that Computer Science will join Physics, Chemistry and Biology as science subjects that count towards the EBacc.

 

gcsecomputingpage
A year ago the existing ICT curriculum in English schools was ditched on the grounds that it was harmful, boring and irrelevant. ICT remained a compulsory school subject but teachers were free to develop new content and were encouraged to use "the amazing resources that already exist on the web". At the same time Education Secretary Michael Gove said:

If new Computer Science GCSEs are developed that meet high standards of intellectual depth and practical value, we will certainly consider including computer science as an option in the English Baccalaureate.

Over the intervening period  there have been influential reports into the delivery of computing education in UK schools.

The Royal Society's Shut down or restart? reported on its Computing in Schools Project and one of its key points was that:

Every child should have the opportunity to learn Computing at school, including exposure to Computer Science as a rigorous academic discipline.

More recently the British Computer Society published "The case for computer science as an option in the English Baccalaureate"  with "considered opinions" of a wide range of experts including  Microsoft, Google, IBM, Raspberry Pi and the Russell Group university Computer Science departments.

The Department of Education has acted on these recommendations and two GCSE exams in Computer Science, from examining boards OCR and AQA now count towards the EBacc, a development that is intended to give a "concrete incentive" for head teachers to offer and resource the subject, and encourage students to take it. Looking at the syllabus the additional good news is that the GCSEs seem to contain quite a lot of programming.

 

gcsecomputing

Banner


How Alive Is That Project?
11/03/2015

It is perhaps more difficult to tell when an open source project is dead than a commercial one, but perhaps it matters less. Is It Maintained is a new website that will help you measure the vitality o [ ... ]



RoboVM 1.0 Released
17/03/2015

Trillain Mobile has produced the first stable release of RoboVM, providing a way to run Java on iOS.


More News

Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 February 2013 )
 
 

   
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2015 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.