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Will I still have a job?

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by apmcarthur, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. I'm sorry to bang on but....

    I studied computer science in university for 4 years then took a year to complete my PGCE. I worked in a school as hard as I could for 2 years and was made head of department. I've now worked very hardto build on my department.

    The announcements this week along with a lot of the comments on forums has made me worry about my job - there are so man opinions I'd really like someone to give me their concise opinion about where they think we'll be in the future

    No one knows the future but....

    Do you think all current ICT teachers will be out of a job or will we just be teaching a different subject - Computer Science etc?

    I don't have the knowledge or expertise that so man of you forum users have that I'd love to hear your opinion.

    I've worked so hard to get to where I am the I'm now at the point of losing sleep m worried about the future so much....

    Am I worrying unnecessarily? Will there always be a place for the I.T. specialist teacher?
     
  2. I'm sorry to bang on but....

    I studied computer science in university for 4 years then took a year to complete my PGCE. I worked in a school as hard as I could for 2 years and was made head of department. I've now worked very hardto build on my department.

    The announcements this week along with a lot of the comments on forums has made me worry about my job - there are so man opinions I'd really like someone to give me their concise opinion about where they think we'll be in the future

    No one knows the future but....

    Do you think all current ICT teachers will be out of a job or will we just be teaching a different subject - Computer Science etc?

    I don't have the knowledge or expertise that so man of you forum users have that I'd love to hear your opinion.

    I've worked so hard to get to where I am the I'm now at the point of losing sleep m worried about the future so much....

    Am I worrying unnecessarily? Will there always be a place for the I.T. specialist teacher?
     
  3. I think there will see be ICT or CS departments so you will have a job. BUT KS4 & KS5 will probably have less students. So overall fewer teacher will be needed. The likely hood is some non specialists will move out of ICT as they do not have the skills. Even now some currently struggle with databases! Longer term the CS has to suceed or we really will be in trouble, it is to be relooked at in 2014. If departments do not adapt and transform the subject they may well get rid of it.
     
  4. Well this gives me some hope....

    Thank you for taking the time to write to me.

    Could a new computing course become compulsory?
     
  5. It will be at KS3 not at KS4 but he wants more people to do it at KS4 & KS5. At the moment only 1 CS GCSE but he wants business and university to create a new one which could be good. If the new GCSE is good it could be added to the E-Bacc but not compulsory
     
  6. If you have a CS degree I think you are laughing.....whatever your own school's attitude is I think in general CS qualified teachers will be in far more demand from September than ever before!
     
  7. I hope so, The Royal Society Report, talked about a lack of teacher with good subject knowledge. Which I do think has been a big problem of ICT and why ICT has got into so much trouble.
     
  8. This was the bit that puzzled me. Maybe HG is right and a Computer Science degree isn't what it was. Nothing in the pre GCSE A Level was technically challenging wrt to my degree ; need to keep up with new developments (Microcontrollers, GUI, OOP if you have a very old degree :) )

     
  9. HG?
     
  10. HemingfordGrey posted some stuff a while back which raised eyebrows about the levels of knowledge required to get such a degree. I personally have no idea.
    I did a Comp Sci degree in the early 1980s and taught the pre GCSE A-Level (which was harder) and the technical side of such a course shouldn't be a challenge. There have been a few changes since then ; the profusion of GUI systems and thus far more event driven code and finite state machines ; object orientated programming ; microcontrollers replacing design using TTL ; FPGA development ; RISC ; but nothing of any real difficulty (many of those things predate the 1980s, e.g. the TMS1000 but they weren't in common usage).
    I do rather puzzle how someone with a Comp Sci degree could find anything in modern syllabuses difficult.

     

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