The framework for England’s new national curriculum for 2014 will see GCSEs reformed with a strong emphasis on computing and technology, according to education secretary Michael Gove.
Gove announced that the most significant change to the curriculum will be the replacement of ICT with computing meaning: “Instead of just learning to use programmes created by others, it is vital that children learn to create their own programmes. These changes will reinforce our drive to raise standards in our schools.
“They will ensure that the new national curriculum provides a rigorous basis for teaching, a benchmark for all schools to improve their performance and gives children and parents a better guarantee that every student will acquire the knowledge to succeed in the modern world.”
The curriculum puts focus on students being able to debug programmes, use technology safety and respectfully, enabling them to keep personal information private and ensure that all students know where to go if they need support or help about certain materials that can be found on the internet.
In addition to computing there have also been a number of changes to the design and technology framework, where Gove intends to create a new generation of designers and engineers.
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“In particular we have revised the draft programmes of study for design and technology to ensure that they sufficiently reflect our aspirations that it should be a rigorous and forward-looking subject that will set children on a path to be the next generation of designers and engineers,” he said.
The government will now undergo a one-month consultation after which Gove intends to finalise the new national curriculum this autumn, giving schools a year to prepare to teach it from September 2014.
Last week the government unveiled plans for a new ‘tech level’ to run parallel with A-levels.
Exam boards wanting to offer the qualification need to get the backing of businesses or universities before the qualification is approved. The tech level aims to ready young people for the workplace, in particular for occupations in engineering, IT, accounting and hospitality.