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DfE Consultation on disapplication of NC ICT in Sep 2012

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by magic surf bus, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    All the opinions here are worthy of expression in the Consultation process. Believe me when I tell you that I am no DfE stooge, but on this occasion I reckon it makes sense to contribute genuinely-held views about the future of the subject, then at least we can't complain that we never had a chance. I've said my piece online anyway.

    My major concern is that little will change at KS4 because 'GCSE equivalent' ICT course are too embedded in most schools' performance figures for SLT to contemplate any radical changes. Because these courses will stay I could see many schools insisting that Y9 remains the MS Office nursery slopes for the traditionally dull KS4 core. Innovation and change may well happen in Y7 & 8 but there's a real danger that it will come up against the brick wall of A*-C performance tables by Y9, especially if SLT are not computing specialists.
  2. Hi
    I am new to the teaching profession wit ICT being my specialism. Could someone please explain to me if this report means that ICT is no loger required as a taught subject and will only be taught cross-curricular or that schools can teach what they think is most relevant? Sorry I know I must seem daft but as I have taught ICT for 2 years and nothing else I am now wondering if it has all been a waste of time. [​IMG]


  3. Captain Obvious

    Captain Obvious New commenter

    Wheels turn. What is considered a low priority one week is suddenly a massive core issue the next - all it takes is one news story for Ofsted to nose around cross-curricular ICT delivery in one school (and pan it) to put the frighteners on the rest.
  4. I'm glad that there is a focus on the shortcomings of ict, even if ict is to remain. Hopefully, some bright spark will realise how bad controlled assessments are and ditch them. Computing and programming is obviously here to stay and if nothing else, will reintroduce some much needed challenge into what has become an appallingly easy subject to pass. Ks3 ict is actually fine I think, except for the dumb way units are assessed using levels. These are so general they can be anything you want.

  5. Ofsted isn't that interested in content - more that the correct hoops are jumped through.
  6. And the hoops most are being made to jump through whilst bent over backwards are perfectly represented by the following symbol frequently seen, quoted, targeted and used to beat teachers of all subjects with - % !
  7. Captain Obvious

    Captain Obvious New commenter

    That's what I was getting at - If there's a curriculum that has to be delivered, ofsted will want to see that it is. Cross-curricular is not always the most successful implementation as you can end up with no one taking responsibility.
    I.e. if cross-curricular ends up as a euphemism for not doing it properly, said school will be given a ticking off.

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