Resourcing primary computing

Most folk involved in English schools will already be well aware that there are some significant changes planned for the national curriculum this September. After two years of ‘disapplication’ we are about to see the old ICT replaced by a…

Advice for parents…

With the launch of the new national curriculum, one of the big changes is the replacement of ICT (information and communication technology) with a new subject, computing. As well as being something of a rebranding exercise, there’s a shift here…

Computational thinking and creativity

The first sentence of the new computing programme of study sets out our ambition: “A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world”. It’s worth noting that we’re framing this…

This is for everyone

Can anyone learn to program? I think so, and I think it’s important that those teaching computing think so too. I’ve been at a couple of conferences in the last month where the question came up, and I was really…

Assessing Computing

When they reported on the state of ICT in 2004, 2009 and again in 2011, Ofsted were unimpressed by how assessment was being done – by 2011, it was no better than satisfactory in 61% of their sample, including several…

Assessing attainment in computing

Taking our inspiration from the work of the National Curriculum expert panel in relation to assessment, that “All assessment and other processes should bring people back to the content of the curriculum” (Oates et al, 2011), My Roehampton colleague Pete…

There is more to the new computing curriculum than just coding

It will have been hard to miss the changes afoot in the move from ICT in the old national curriculum to computing in the new version, coming into effect in September. We’ve seen lots of headlines about how children will…

Computer Science in the National Curriculum

I’ve written an ebook, aimed at introducing a few aspects of computer science to a general education audience for Microsoft Education. This was released today on Slideshare, from where a PDF version can be downloaded. This is more of a…

Computational Thinking in Primary Schools

The change in the primary national curriculum from ICT to Computing, which takes effect this September, is undoubtedly a significant one, but perhaps not for quite the reasons you might first think. Given that much of the attention in the…

Switched on Computing

At the Education Show today I finally got my hands on printed copies of Switched on Computing, the scheme of work I’ve been writing for Rising Stars for the new computing curriculum. I’m absolutely thrilled to see this in print…