ICT to be scrapped in schools

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Jolly G wrote:
However I'd ahve thought in this day  and age that they would naturally be being taught more than word and excel ie web design, file systeming, how the computer system works etc

But that's the point, they are not. Now why the Government/Schools choose ICT over computer programming is debatable, but there's the argument that it comes back to league tables and getting GCSE in ICT is easier than GCSE in computer programming, so lets go for the easy.

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My son wants to do computer science at uni, there are very few schools that even to do it  at A level which I think is really surprising.  He wont be able to do A level, but hopefully that wont hinder his chances of getting on a uni course.

I definitely agree, kids should be taught programming basics early on.

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As I said, I'd have thought that it would contain some basics of commuter programming, and the fact that it doesn't is a shock. Shame they didn't have a GCSE in ICT when I did them, I'd have passed it with flying colours it would seem, mind you they didn't have a gcse in PE back then either, and I'd have definately have done that, not as an easy option, but as that's what I liked doing.

Wonder what the Scottish system is like for ICT. I know ES (9) has done what I consider a reasonable amount of using things like word, powerpoint etc

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They do ICT A level at my girls college Nethy - but I have to say it's the same, user rather than programmer/designer focussed exam.

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There was a computer science/programming a level courses when I applied to 6th form. The 6th form wouldn't tlet me do it because my predicted maths grade was rubbish, but if I had gone to the other college in the town then I would have been able to do a BTEC type course in it, regradless of predicted maths grade.

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Jolly G wrote:

Wonder what the Scottish system is like for ICT. I know ES (9) has done what I consider a reasonable amount of using things like word, powerpoint etc

here's what is covered at Standard Grade level:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/learning/bitesize/standard/computing/

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Barefootgirl wrote:
What would you teach in programming, though? Do enough teachers genuinely have the skills to teach actual programming, and TBH, if you have those programming skills, wouldn't you use them to work as a programmer and earn twice what teachers do? i hate agreeing with Michael Gove.

Yes, it does seem as if this is going to be a problem.  I caught something on the BBC earlier, it said out of 28,000 teachers who qualified last year only 3 had degrees in programming!

ursh x

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He can and will be doing ICT at A level but it doesn't cover programming Corris but obviously that should change over the coming few years now.

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Hello Nethy, don't think I've said hi to you before :))

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Hello CG, I'm sure I've come across you before, don't you come from Morcum?

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