Computer science in English schools: the debate rages on


In recent months a new consensus has emerged about teaching ICT (information and communications technology) in England’s schools: namely that it has been sent up a blind alley where kids are taught little more than how to manipulate Microsoft’s “Office” products. That recognition is a good thing, though the way in which the government were… Read More Computer science in English schools: the debate rages on

Two cheers for Gove?


Michael Gove is to make a speech today in which he is going to lambast the existing ICT curriculum in English schools and promise a revolutionary new start. Sounds like a good thing, and certainly he appears to have identified the cretinous nature of the current curriculum and its chaining to Microsoft’s proprietary software. So… Read More Two cheers for Gove?

The dismal state of computing education in English schools


I didn’t get my enthusiasm for computing from school – it was almost something latent: I remember being very excited to see a “microcomputer” for the first time in Brent Cross shopping centre in 1979. But the first one I used – hopelessly – was in school, a Commodore Pet, in 1980. It turned up… Read More The dismal state of computing education in English schools