Computing At School has produced a new resource to help primary and secondary teachers in England get to grips with the new computing curriculum which was introduced in September. Funded by Microsoft and the Department for Education, QuickStart Computing is a comprehensive, national programme designed to help primary and secondary teachers to plan, teach and assess this brand new subject.
QuickStart Computing is a free CPD (continued personal development) toolkit designed to help teachers to develop and run successful CPD in their school or cluster. All primary and secondary schools have access to QuickStart Computing online and 40,000 free hard copies will be distributed through Computing At School.
The QuickStart website launches next week and will include downloadable versions of the full teachers handbook, and lots of additional resources including links to useful sites, online videos and interactive tools.
We’ll be covering the launch of the QuickStart website with another blog post next week, containing further information about the handbook and other resources available to teachers. We will also have some more news from Computing At School ahead of BETT 2015 towards the end of the month, but in the meantime here is some additional insight into the new computing curriculum…
The term ICT has been replaced by Computing in the school curriculum. This accords with the recommendations of both the Royal Society and NextGen reports. Both were unequivocal in their call to replace the old ICT programme of study with one that had computer science at its core and they also called for this change of name from ICT to Computing.
The new programme of study for computing sets computer science at its core but includes the need for digital literacy for all:
“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through computational thinking ... At the core of computing is the science and engineering discipline of computer science, in which pupils are taught how digital systems work, how they are designed and programmed, and the fundamental principles of information and computation. Building on this core, computing equips pupils to apply information technology to create products and solutions. A computing education also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.”
Be sure to check back on this blog for the official launch of QuickStart Computing next week, and for a number of guest posts from some of our partners who will be exhibiting at BETT 2015.