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English Baccalaureate

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by Geordie_Pride, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. I haven't been able to secure a permanent job since graduating as ICT teacher. I have always found work, but will find myself "free" again in September, due to my annual contract not being renewed, due to changes in the curriculum in my school, and less ICT hours etc.
    Just trying to form an opinion on whether the English Baccalaureate is going to have a massive impact on ICT jobs, there are few enough anyway.
    What is your opinion? please let me know

     
  2. I haven't been able to secure a permanent job since graduating as ICT teacher. I have always found work, but will find myself "free" again in September, due to my annual contract not being renewed, due to changes in the curriculum in my school, and less ICT hours etc.
    Just trying to form an opinion on whether the English Baccalaureate is going to have a massive impact on ICT jobs, there are few enough anyway.
    What is your opinion? please let me know

     
  3. gavcradd

    gavcradd New commenter

    Well the English Bacc doesn't include ICT, so I'd assume that the market only has one way to go... My school, like yours, has reduced the hours that we will have for September. Luckily we were always understaffed anyway (and made up the difference with non-specialists) so there's no impact on jobs. In other places, that may not be the case.
    My hope is that the combination of the Wolf Review and the English Bacc will allow ICT to be freed from the "vocational-multi-GCSE-race" so that I can start to deliver courses like GCSE Computing.
     
  4. robot1

    robot1 New commenter

    I think ICT will survive is some form. It’s not in the new English Bac but that goes for many other subjects too. I can’t see them disappearing either. Pupils do more than five GCSE’s.
    The national curriculum is being reviewed and if ICT doesn’t make it as a compulsory subject than some schools who have big departments teaching more than one lesson per week may be cut back. But if your school only teaches ICT in one lesson per week than it can’t be cut much further without letting is disappear completely. My guess is schools will not want it to disappear as parents still seem to think it is important. I was at a parents evening last night and most parents were already convinced about the importance of ICT and were keen for their kids to pass it.
    Schools like my one also get good value as we provide one GCSE equivalent (we do OCR Nationals) in one lesson per week. In the past we did the GCSE Short course in one lesson per week and we would do the full GCSE if we really had to. Most departments need at least three lessons per week.
    Maybe all of this is wishful thinking and I will be out of a job next year. I hope not and not just for my own sake. I think ICT taught properly is a great subject.
     

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