Jan 26 2014
Chris Sharples recommends that we should focus on a broad and balanced computing curriculum, which includes computer science, but is not taken over by it. We need to find new ways for young people to demonstrate the digital skills required by employers.
Ahead of BETT14, I was invited last week to a Stone Group roundtable debate hosted by Simon Harbridge, CEO of Stone Group. There was a broad range of people from industry, education and non-profit organisations, with a brief to develop concrete suggestions to “How do we bridge the gap between education and the real world?”.
This is a question that I am always trying to address as a Head of ICT in a North Yorkshire comprehensive. My colleagues and I need a broad and balanced computing curriculum to continue to offer pathways for our students into a spread of IT industries.
I do not recognise our ICT curriculum as being “boring” or “clearly inadequate” (Michael Gove, “What does it mean to be an educated person?” 09-05-2013) and neither have OFSTED who in their last two visits judged our ICT lessons “outstanding” as did our LA using the new framework in July.