BCS calls for schools to join computer science teaching network

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has called for schools to help develop computer science as a rigorous academic part of the reformed ICT curriculum.

Part of this would be to join a computer science teaching network that the Institute is looking to set up.

At the that the existing National Curriculum Programme of Study for ICT would be withdrawn from September 2012.

The Department for Education (DfE) then that would allow schools and teachers to have more freedom to teach ICT in "creative, innovative and inspirational" ways, and to make way for "rigorous computer science". The consultation closes on 11 April 2012.

To encourage schools to take part in the overhaul of the ICT curriculum, to every head teacher of a state secondary school in England to explain the opportunities to influence the new curriculum. The pack was sent in partnership with industry association Intellect, the and Microsoft.

It set out a range of options that were available to schools, such as reviewing the existing and new computer science GCSEs being offered and providing feedback to the exam boards.