Computing in the UK

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The Royal Society recently produced its report into Computing. Called After the Reboot, it advocates, amongst other things, more professional development opportunities to help increase the number of teachers qualified to teach the subject. Ah, but what subject? The report seems to use the word Computing, which should encompass IT, Digital Literacy and Computer Science, when it really means Computer Science.

I have to say, the report strikes me as an example of marking your own homework. After all, the Royal Society was one of the prime movers in the shift from the old ICT curriculum to the new Computing curriculum.

I’ve made copious notes on my copy of the report, and here are the bits I’ve highlighted:

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Terry Freedman is an independent educational ICT consultant with over 35 years of experience in education. He publishes the ICT in Education website and the newsletter “Digital Education."