BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, together with the Royal Academy of Engineering have accepted an invitation from the Department for Education (DfE) to co-ordinate the development of a revised programme of study for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as part of the National Curriculum review in England. The draft programme of study will cover Key Stages 1-4 and will be submitted to the DfE in October as expert advice.

The Academy and BCS are working jointly to facilitate the drafting process, which is drawing in advice from across the computing community including classroom school teachers, subject leaders, academics, employers, as well as organisations such as Naace, CAS, ITTE, Vital, and Next Gen Skills.

BCS and the Academy will publish a working draft in early November 2012, and will provide an opportunity for feedback from the community. The DfE will review the draft during the autumn in the light of those comments. The revised draft Programme of Study will be published by DfE (along with all other subjects under review) for public consultation in early 2013, offering a second opportunity for feedback.

Bill Mitchell, Director of BCS Academy of Computing, says: “It’s vital that right from primary school to secondary school pupils are taught how our digital world works and how to invent new digital worlds for themselves. With the new ICT programme of study we will be looking to follow through on the recommendations of the Royal Society’ s Shut down or re-start report to create a balanced curriculum that gives students the opportunities to study digital skills and literacy, information technology and computer science.”

Matthew Harrison, Director of Education from the Royal Academy of Engineering says: “The draft programme of study will allow schools the freedom to apply it in a way that suits their pupils while ensuring that children have the opportunities to experience real computing, gain the skills they need to operate in today’s digital society, understand the application of IT in the workplace and learn the essentials of computer science.”

Notes for editors

  1. About BCS: Our mission as BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is to enable the information society. We promote wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice. We bring together industry, academics, practitioners and government to share knowledge, promote new thinking, inform the design of new curricula, shape public policy and inform the public.

    Our vision is to be a world-class organisation for IT. Our 70,000 strong membership includes practitioners, businesses, academics and students in the UK and internationally. We deliver a range of professional development tools for practitioners and employees. A leading IT qualification body, we offer a range of widely recognised qualifications.
  2. About the Academy: Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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