The subject of Computing was introduced into the National Curriculum in September 2014. Listening to friends and colleagues in the Computing educational community, there seems to be a growing gulf in those schools effectively managing the transition from ICT to Computing and those still yet to get started.
There is some wonderful work being done by the Computing educational community to help demystify the changes for teachers. From my own experience, there is some absolutely fantastic voluntary and paid-for work being done by teachers, university and commercial training providers and publishers, all offering a breadth and depth of training, certification and publications to support teachers.
Despite a range of guidance documents and national initiatives, there is a feeling amongst many school leaders and their Computing leaders of not knowing how to get started. Despite this, those who are able to make the transition from ICT to Computing, suggests that they are embracing and enjoying the changes to the curriculum.
Some leaders suggested that signposting the government guidance and contextualising it for Computing would be incredibly useful. In particular, highlighting the document, pages and specific paragraphs where the answers to specific questions could be found would be massively beneficial. At the same time, teachers suggest that they could do with support in contextualising for Computing, the official Ofsted, Department for Education and other relevant publications from the education community.
Progression Pathways has worked with partner schools and organisations, to collate just such a set of free, impartial and marketing free FAQs, available at: www.computingfaqs.net .
These FAQs help to give school leaders a starting point from which to identify the what aspects of the school’s Computing provision to tackle first. This webpage will also contain a list of online forums where you can begin or continue the discussion, this will help ensure that the FAQs are up to date and relevant for school leaders and teachers alike. If you are discussing these FAQs in an online forum, please tell us where so that we can update our list!
The FAQs published by Progression Pathways has formed the basis for and been referenced by the Mayor Of London funded Guide to supporting Senior Leaders with embedding the new Computing curriculum into schools (http://www.computingguide.org).
Progression Pathways has also been sharing their expertise by delivering guest lectures at, and running workshops for, a number of Initial Teacher Training providers, Local Education Authorities and their local partner schools for more details visit: http://www.progression-pathways.co.uk/training.html