• First 23 computing hubs in England announced

    The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) has revealed the first 23 hubs chosen to improve computer science education in England. North Yorkshire, Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire and Tyne and Wear all have two hubs, with others scattered around the country in areas such as Devon, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire (see full list below). Today’s announcement

    10.58 Jul. 2nd, 2019 | News

  • Exams 'useless' for computer science, say experts

    Computing experts have questioned the future of the subject in schools after Ofqual launched a consultation on plans to remove coursework from the computer science GCSE. The exams regulator admitted it no longer believed that it was possible to use non-exam assessment (NEA) to assess programming skills in a way that was “manageable, reliable and

    5.00 Nov. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Botched computing test won't count towards final GCSE grades, Ofqual confirms

    A 20-hour non-examined assessment in computer science will not count towards pupils’ final GCSE grades in 2018 or 2019 after tasks from the test were leaked online, Ofqual has confirmed. The regulator proposed changes to the assessment, currently worth 20 per cent of the overall grade, after it discovered that tasks and detailed solutions were posted on

    14.00 Jan. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Computing teachers to get 40 hours of training to upskill

    Computing teachers without qualifications in their subject will receive at least 40 hours of continuing professional development through an £84 million programme announced in the chancellor’s autumn budget. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, has shed further light on the government’s plans to “upskill” 8,000 computer science teachers. In a written answer to a question from

    11.23 Dec. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Budget 2017: £100m National Centre for Computing to train 8,000 new teachers

    The government will train 8,000 extra computer science teachers at a new £100 million National Centre for Computing, Philip Hammond is expected to announce this week. In Wednesday’s budget, the chancellor will set out his vision for a “hi-tech Britain”, and acknowledge the need to train more teachers in computer science. The shortage of computing teachers

    10.26 Nov. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Government's computing revolution is excluding girls and poorer pupils, report finds

    The government’s school computing revolution has cut off girls and poorer pupils from achieving vital technology qualifications, a new report has found. An annual study analysing the uptake of computing subjects has found just 16 per cent of GCSE computing pupils last year were girls. At A-level, girls made up just 8.5 per cent. The

    17.47 Dec. 19th, 2016 | News

  • Why the government's computer science strategy is completely wrong

    Gerald Haigh is not surprised that a government committee reckons millions of adults lack basic knowledge about computers. And he suspects things won’t get better until a 2014 curriculum change is looked at again A recent report from the science and technology select committee says that millions of UK adults lack the basic digital skills required

    5.00 Jul. 7th, 2016 | Opinion

  • A-level results 2015: Computing

    11.53 Aug. 13th, 2015 | Exam results

  • Can ‘apps’ help schools communicate better?

    There are encouraging signs that the new education secretary is interested in the potential of technology to improve learning outcomes. The use of technology to improve learning has been a hot topic for governments past and present. Almost four years after taking office Michael Gove opened the inaugural meeting of the Education Technology Action Group

    7.30 Oct. 4th, 2014 | Opinion