From the Consultation – draft National Curriculum programmes of study published by the DfE on 7th Feb 2013:
All pupils must have the opportunity to study aspects of information technology and
computer science at sufficient depth to allow them to progress to higher levels of study or
to a professional career.
No doubt you’ll be asked (as I have) whether this means compulsory computing at KS4. I’ve looked at it several times and it’s very cleverly worded. My reading of it is that sitting a GCSE/qualification isn’t compulsory, but some form of study is. It also doesn’t limit it to computing. Perhaps more companies will start offering accredited units as part of courses. I just hope that whatever happens, it doesn’t become a box ticking, death by screenshot,’let’s all just get through this hour a week and hopefully some of you will get something done’ style grind.
We can only wait and see. At the moment, the only thing I’m certain of is that the goalposts will move again at some point. I’m stil not sure if I’ve read it right either. What do you think, have they made computing compulsory at KS4?