The ICT GCSE is being scrapped for a new Computer Science GCSE.
In an effort to revolutionise computing education is schools, the ICT GCSE is being scrapped for a new Computer Science GCSE.
A spokesman for the Department of Education said: “The new exam had been designed with industry experts to develop the computational skills needed for today's economy. We are working to encourage a great uptake of computer science, especially among girls."
However the new course has come under scrutiny.
Figures from Ofqual suggest the overall number of students getting a GCSE computing qualification has decreased, with only a moderate rise in people taking the new GSCE. These figures have experts worried for the future of the UK. The British Computing Society has warned that ‘the number of students studying a computer GCSE could halve by 2020’.
In a sector already male-dominated, the new name of ‘computer science’ is potentially fuelling the idea that computer science and coding is ‘only for boys’, meaning girls are not realising the careers in technology available to them. The new course has also been said is to be too specific and narrow, and more must be done to attract a wider student interest, especially among girls.
The only thing clear about the course is that, for teachers and pupils alike, the new GCSE will be harder. Teachers will need significant training and support to switch from old to new.
Despite many positions of power in agreement over the need for radical change in computing education it is proving difficult to get the ‘computing education revolution’ up to speed.
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