Hi everyone, I just thought it might help to share what the plan is with the new BCS School Curriculum and Assessment Committee, the Schools Week article didn’t explain its context fully.
The background. Why are we doing this, why now, why us?
The Royal Society Report After the Reboot: Computing Education in UK Schools expressed clear concern about the qualifications landscape for computing, especially at Key Stage 4, and recommended that Ofqual and the government should work urgently with the learned societies in computing, awarding bodies, and other stakeholder groups, to ensure that the range of qualifications includes pathways suitable for all pupils. The learned societies in computing should establish a curriculum committee, to provide government with ongoing advice on the content, qualifications, pedagogy, and assessment methods for computing.
What will the committee be doing?
The key priorities for the Committee, as identified by the Royal Society Report, are to make recommendations on the range of qualifications, with an immediate focus on information technology qualifications at Key Stage 4. We think it's really important to also commence a broad review of the existing computing curriculum for England from KS1 to KS4. A key role will be to consult with teachers, parents and pupils on the qualifications and curriculum content to ensure all pupils have a high quality computing education and that the qualifications available for all pupils matches their expectations and needs.
How will the committee be made up? Who will be on it?
The Committee brings together teachers, school leaders, industry, charities, learned societies and academia from across the UK. and will be chaired by Professor Muffy Calder OBE FREng FRSE, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering, University of Glasgow.
How can I get involved?
An initial meeting to form the committee has been planned for October 19th in central London. Once formed, the committee will be actively looking for teachers and those with expertise to join. More details about the committee including Terms of Reference and process for joining will be shared after the initial meeting. If you have any questions or suggestions please do contact me directly and I’ll do my best to help