BCS seeks schools to pilot IT curriculum network

IT institute BCS and Computing at School (CAS) are seeking 250 schools to pilot its Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

IT institute BCS and Computing at School (CAS) are seeking 250 schools to pilot its Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

The initiative follows the government’s decision to scrap the GCSE IT curriculum from September 2012 in favour of a syllabus more geared to the needs of industry.

Bill Mitchell, director of BCS Academy of Computing, said: “Over the coming years we hope this network will eventually expand to a thousand schools teaching Computer Science at GCSE level. One of the great things about this initiative is the amount of enthusiasm it’s generated from global employers like Microsoft and Google as well as British companies like Metaswitch Networks.”

The Institute is sending an information pack to all 3,500 state maintained secondary schools in England detailing ways schools can develop computer science.  Once the Network is live, each school in it will be expected to help other schools to teach computer science on a pro-bono basis.

The BCS hopes to extend the scheme to another two to three hundred schools in the second year.

 

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Gone are the days when bcs was their to support the IT community - they are all about the money now more so than ever - with the organisation splitting into two with one commercial and one old school membership companies you have to wonder if their "enabling the it community" should read "lining their pockets by completing their qualifications and paying for their consulting"

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omg that is terrible - these guys (the dads army of IT) were not in the least bit relevant before now its just going to be a joke if they split up into just a commercial side of the business as well ! Then of course the advantage is you can spend £5M on marketing and not have a member revolt ...not that post re-branding anything was ever seen of BCS.

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What is going on with that company ? How are they even relevant to the IT industry - I heard thy are doing some sort of academy as well to promote programming in schools by getting a load of has been teachers round a table - this isn't the USA - no one will teach c++ at 11 years old !!

5 million on rebranding ??? I would like to see hi many new members they got with that spend ?? Pathetic

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