I'm looking at getting Computing GCSE started in my school from Sept 2012. My background knowledge of coding is very limited but I'm looking forward to learning it. I've had some "guinea pig" students come after school to a "Computing Club" and we've muddle through the spec with the hopeful aim that they'll be entered for the GCSE at the end of this year. My concern comes with software: We started with Pascal and while it has been great I appreciate it limits what some of the students can do with regards to some of the programming projects in the GCSE. I've looked into Visual Studio 2010 and got it installed in one suite but we ran into loads of technical complications. The technicians have had a look and the main reason is that once the code is written, Visual Studio seems to generate an EXE file and the students don't have access to run this. Have other schools run into this sort of problem? If so, how have you solved it? I could put my foot down and go to SLT and ask for certain students to have their permissions changed but I enjoy my harmonious relationship with the technicians (!!) and am interested in other ways around it. Any other advice is also very welcome: I fully admit to not having any programming background but I think this would be a great opportunity for the students and the excitement I've seen some of the "guinea pigs" express at producing simple code has shown me it's definitely something I want to seriously explore.