Well at long last the Government / Ofsted have woken up to the fact that there is inadequacy in the teaching of ICT/ Computing in schools- one handed claps all round please ! This has been an issue , ignored for far too long. Schools managers have long believed that if you are an arts teacher or a PE teacher (no offence intended) that with a smattering of ICT you can effectively teach ICT at all levels. I have even been in a school where a Music teacher was in charge of IT and the poor person was on the verge of a breakdown !! Having worked many years in industry before becoming a teacher , and being well qualified to teach ICT and Computing I have been forced to teach children that are bored with ICT courses whose only raison d'etre is that they keep the schools place up in the league tables. How could a GNVQ ever compete with a Higher GCSE in ICT or Computing ? What do we offer children today ? hardly inspiring is it ? It is boring. Some schools have computer : pupil ratios of 2:1 or better - meaningless !! especially when monolithic uncaring systems managers rule the roost and teachers are pulled in from other departments to teach "a bit of ICT" what kind of message does that send to the children (and their future employers) ? I am passionate about ICT teaching and retired this year as a result of school policies that persistently marginalised ICT and Computing, and since then I have been working on supply and have been further incensed by the unprofessional practices and attitudes of school managements that fail to prepare children for the future - their future !! So to my point - if your child needed surgery , would you rather the child saw a Doctor or a Butcher - both are skilled are they not ? Would you allow a butcher to do a "bit of surgery "? Certainly not - so why do school managers persist in letting unqualified and inexperienced teachers loose on children teaching ICT when they have no depth of knowledge or experience, let alone graduate / post graduate qualifications in ICT/Computing ... I rest my case.