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New schools ICT study programme published

DfE binned the last ICT curriculum after it found it wasn't up to scratch

The British Computer Society (BCS) and the Royal Academy of Engineering have published an initial draft of the ICT programme of study for schools on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE).

The initial draft is not endorsed by DfE but part of the wider consultation the DfE is conducting on the future of ICT training in schools after it binned the existing curriculum in September for not being up to the mark.

The BCS and Royal Academy of Engineering said, "We are now seeking feedback on this initial draft as part of the next review stage before submitting a revised draft to the DfE at the end of November."

The deadline for submitting comments to the first draft is 19 November.

Education minister Michael Gove plans to launch a new ICT national curriculum in 2014. Gove said ICT would now be a compulsory subject up to Key Stage 4 with its own programme of study.

In late August this year the DfE invited BCS and the Royal Academy of Engineering to coordinate the drafting of a new programme of study for ICT.

The DfE will publish the revised draft from the BCS and the Royal Academy in spring 2013 for full public consultation.


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