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BCS backs computing curriculum

18/09/2013 Joanna
BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has backed the new computing curriculum, stating that staff in teacher jobs have witnessed their pupils' aptitude for the subject.

Coming into force in September 2014, the new curriculum is rooted in computer science theory and replaces the previous ICT curriculum, which focused on teaching pupils how to use rather than create computer programmes.

Bill Mitchell, director of the BCS Academy of Computing, has welcomed this change, telling Computerworld UK lessons will combine promotion of "computational thinking" with the most essential aspects of "digital literacy".

He asserted: "This change represents a real opportunity to give all pupils the chance to become future creators and inventors of technology and maybe future technology entrepreneurs."

Mr Mitchell acknowledged the ambitiousness of the new curriculum, but claimed primary teachers who already give lessons in computing have found their pupils enjoy, are good at and benefit from studying the subject.

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