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Schools dropping ICT

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by johnblack, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. johnblack

    johnblack New commenter

    Anyone's school done this in KS3 yet?

    My school is under significant pressure and I believe I narrowly won the battle to keep it.
  2. Narrowly won the battle against who? What is KS3 ICT being replaced with?
  3. johnblack

    johnblack New commenter

    I imagine that schools in our position would focus on Maths and English. Our deputy head suggested plenty of other schools are just disappearing it from the curriculum model.
  4. Yeah - I fear they are making a big mistake
  5. madcat

    madcat Occasional commenter

    I think that currently KS3 ICT is probably no more vunerable than it has been for the past 4 or 5 years.
    However, come curriculum change in 2014 (and further budget cuts) then who knows ?
    I would hope a metamorphosis will take place rather than a cull, but like everyone else it is all just guesswork
    You ask what would replace it ? In my own experience there are any number of subject areas who would love an extra period at this KS ( especially English and Maths) and you do/will really need to fight your corner.

  6. johnblack

    johnblack New commenter

    Art gets more time than ICT at my school in KS3, don't they do enough drawing in the margin in other subjects.
  7. I agree.

    Anyone having to argue their corner might want to make use of my ppt and read the docs I've posted at https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Proposed-Changes-To-ICT-Jan-2012-6186606/
  8. What about asking for a bit more flexibility or thinking outside the box? Suspend it at ks3 (and ks4 if you like) and get a block of time instead. Why can't we have activity days, in sequence if necessary, where kids can visit programming, digital media, complete ecdl level two qualification (for basic skills recognition?). There's so much that can be done but stuck with a fragmented 50 mins a week, it's difficult for kids to remember from week to week, let alone think creatively.
  9. I can't see a school employing ICT teachers on that basis. 2014 is great for me. I'll be 54 and then hopefully, my school will announce redundancies. At our place, I will be fighting to be first in the queue, unfortunately.
  10. ;Maintained schools will still be required to teach ICT to all pupils aged 5-16 ...."
    Quote from the Gove himself. (his consultation announcement anyway)
  11. The question be be asked is, "Is ICT being used to massage results?" If the answer is "yes," then it is likely that key stage 3 is used to help prepare the students for this.

    It is also quite common, and part of the results massage, for ICT to be used as a 'vocational' subject for those students who are unlikely to perform well in the more academic subjects.
    This use of the more trivial subjects in this way has been highlighted by Gove and more recently by Toby Young of free school fame.

    The current view doing the rounds once more, is that ICT would be better taught when and where it is needed as part of the broader curriculum.
  12. However this does beg the question, that if the programme of study is not compulsory, and neither are the assessment arrangements, then any school can claim to be teaching ICT if they have computers. There's never been a requirement to have a slot on the timetable that's called ICT anyway. I think Heads will, if it suits, decide that they are teaching ICT because there are lessons where computers are used. If there are no parameters any more, how can they be held to account?
  13. I agree that it may be that the HT does not think that the current ICT staff are in a position to take on the Computing etc.
    However, I think it is also clear that x-curricular 'Digital Literacy' is not a straight swap for the current ICT provision and will anyway still require extensive planning, supervision, training and administration by an ICT/Computing/Digital Literacy expert eg - a Specialist Teacher.
    How else can it be delivered, tracked, assessed, co-ordinated by staff in other subjects?
    I still see no way for a school to meet any of the proposals on the table, without at least one member of staff with a good computing background to supervise it.

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