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Royal Society offers ways to overhaul ICT teaching

Discussion in 'News' started by GiddyG, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member


    Royal Society offers ways to overhaul ICT teaching

    The Royal Society has suggested ways the government can overhaul information and communications technology (ICT) teaching in schools.

    It follows promises from Education Secretary Michael Gove to scrap the way the subject is taught currently.

    The body, which oversees UK sciences, recommends dividing computing into distinct subjects such as computer science and digital literacy.

    It said the government must do more to recruit specialist ICT teachers.

    Full Story here


    1. wagnerk
      According to Breakfast's news portion on BBC, last year out of 14,000 or 18,000 (can't remember which one they said) only 3 of them had a computer science (and related, eg Computing, IT, etc) degree. And apart from that only 450 had any sort of IT training (not to be confused with digital literacy).

      I agree, right now you have to have at least a 2.1 degree to get any sort of bursary (which is £5k, if you have a 1st you can get £9k. Nothing if you have lower than a 2.1), but it is considerable lower compared to subjects like Physics, mathematics, chemistry, modern languages (which can you get up to £20k). See here.

      From what I've seen, most (not all) of teachers that teach ICT are either math, business, media or even science teachers that have been allocated ICT classes due to the lack of IT teachers.

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