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The Future of Computing in the Curriculum

Details: Thursday 14th November 2013, No.4 Hamilton Place - London, 09:00 - 15:50.

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In order to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century, technology and computing are vital aspects of teaching. The UK’s creative and digital industries are worth an approximate £102 billion pounds, however in recent years the number of students taking up GCSE courses in ICT showed a 57 per cent decline.
On 7 February 2013 the Department for Education published proposals for the reform of the National Curriculum. These proposals included disapplying the existing ICT curriculum and replacing it with a new computing curriculum with a greater emphasis on practical programming and computing skills, to help the UK retain a competitive edge in the global digital economy.
Following a 1-month consultation on the proposed legislation that closed on 3 June 2013, the government is committed to disapplying elements of the existing ICT curriculum, empowering teachers to deliver a ‘wiki’ curriculum in collaboration with industry experts and the private sector.
The new computing curriculum, which is being supported by both education and industry experts, will be implemented in September 2014.
The Future of Computing in the Curriculum forum will enable delegates to examine and prepare for the government’s vision of the new computing curriculum. This timely forum will bring  together stakeholders from the education and technology sectors with key policy makers to discuss  best practice case studies and strategies needed to effectively prepare for and implement a new computing curriculum.
Delegates attending this event will comprise of local authorities, central government departments & bodies, schools, academia, private and voluntary sectors, including head teachers and principals, ICT teachers, ICT providers, directors of education, children and youth services, awarding bodies, examination officers, school improvement advisors, and education consultants.



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