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Computing Curriculum (and Ofsted reflections)

What are schools doing to exploit their new freedoms with the Computing/ ICT curriculum? Here are some ideas alongside some reflections from an Ofsted thematic ICT inspection

Mr P Hynes

on 19 March 2014

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Transcript of Computing Curriculum (and Ofsted reflections)

The Computing curriculum
and Ofsted reflections

Paul Hynes
Vice Principal
George Spencer Academy

Yes - you still have to do it!
ICT/Computing is still a compulsory part of the national curriculum at all key stages
You now have more choice as to what you do
Ofsted will check!
Academies do NOT need to follow the PoS (but need to be able to explain why!)
What are schools talking about?
Key Stage 3

How do we teach Microsoft Office (if we need to)?
Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications?
Comparison activities
MS Office v Google Docs v OpenOffice?

What else can we include?
Games authoring
Media work - images, video, animation
Key Stage 4 - shift to courses that count in league tables:
GCSEs in ICT and/or Computer Science

Equivalent qualifications (for 2014 league tables)
only 2 equivalent qualifications count in current league tables and ‘2 GCSE equivalents’ only count as one
although up to 3 can count in the Progress 8 measure

OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in ICT 600/4776/8
OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Diploma in ICT 600/4778/1
TLM Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills in Open Systems and Enterprise (ITQ) 500/8073/8
OCR Level 2 Certificate for Creative iMedia (QCF) 500/8529/3
OCR Level 2 Diploma for Creative iMedia (QCF) 500/8531/1
OCR Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF) 500/6743/6
Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications for IT Users 100/5326/8
Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Digital Applications for IT Users 100/5327/X
Edexcel Level 2 Extended Certificate in Digital Applications for IT Users 100/6442/4
IAM Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF) 501/1613/7
Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in IT (QCF) 500/9550/X
Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT (QCF) 500/9552/3
City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for IT Users (ITQ) (QCF) 500/6724/2
City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Engineering (QCF) 600/0880/5
City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for IT Users (ITQ) (QCF) 500/6760/6
City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for Software Developers 500/1729/9
City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles for IT Professionals (QCF) 501/1859/6
BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Extra) (ITQ) (QCF) 500/6242/6
BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF) 500/6175/6
Level 2 Principal Learning in IT
(source: http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/q/qualifications%20included%20in%20ks4%20performance%20tables%20in%202014.pdf)

In development
new TLM/Naace Open Systems Computing GCSE being piloted (contact Naace)
Other things to consider...
Microsoft Professional qualifications
Cisco networking qualifications
Computing questions
Where do we find the teachers?
How do we grow our own?
From 'seed'? From 'cuttings'?
You need the right students (MATHS!)
What language(s) will you use?
Scratch, GameMaker, MissionMaker, Python, VB ...
How are our primary colleagues doing?
Ofsted thematic inspection reflections
4 judgements
Achievement - data and enjoyment, curriculum offering
Teaching - Observations (and history)
Curriculum - range, appropriateness, cross-curricular experience
Leadership and Management
Our paperwork...
Top tips:
School website
(check website audit on Clerk to Governors site)
e-Safety - triangulate - staff, students and paperwork
Map cross-curricular and check it happens
Student Digital Leaders
Data, data, data
analyse well - key groups
predict accurately
Record interventions

Computing at Schools (CAS)
Network of Excellence
Master Teachers
ITT and CPD website (DfE Expert Panel)
MOOC http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/
What about Ofsted?
(no thematic inspections currently)
What about the students who don't choose a Computing course?

GCSE Computing - 67 students
GCSE ICT - 37 students
Creative Media - 42 students

What about our other 82 students?
What is an outstanding Computing lesson?
Show progress constantly
Differentiation BY TASK
Engaging and 'wowy'
Chance for students to lead
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