What a sad state Computer Science is in! I went to a very well attended meeting last night for computer science teachers, mainly for some 'training' (a waste of time, but the networking is always great and worth attending for) but it turned out to be more of a pressure release for angry and frustrated Computer Science teachers. Quite a few who were ICT teachers before as well as fully qualified computer specialists were venting how their school had cut back computer science from the next academic year so it was now only in KS3. A Level and GCSE had been dropped because of recruitment issues (one school had advertised for a HoD for nearly all of last year), lack of uptake because it is the hardest subject now, and because it is an expensive subject to put on and it's a great way to save cash. Oh and the NEA nightmare got a few mentions. One poor chap got very agitated about the role of CAS and far from helping to lead the subject in the right direction, was becoming a mouthpiece for all that is wrong about the subject. Some teachers are losing their jobs! The meeting did a quick guesstimate and we think that last year, only half of schools in our area offered computing GCSE but in September, it will be just a third! What a disaster. I am so glad I only have just six more weeks to go before I leave this cold soup of a subject and get ready to set off for my first international job.