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At a time of rapid change in ICT education, Naace is pleased to announce that its long standing relationships with CAS and ITTE are strengthened by a joint statement clarifying the different approaches which can be taken to the ICT curriculum. The statement describes the differing characteristics of ICT and Computer Science as separate qualifications, as well as laying out a shared vision for learners to have a broad and balanced experience of ICT – including computing and programming – throughout primary years and key stage 3. The common ground shared by these organisations is clear, with all three committed to a balanced approach that strengthens computer science as part of the broader school curriculum. Naace recognise that there will be more distinction between the different aspects of ICT at Key Stage 4 and beyond, with a wide range of rigorous academic qualifications being offered, including ICT and Computer Science. We are clear about the importance of the focussed and expert teaching of knowledge, skills and understanding within ICT and Computer Science. Naace also recognise the role of informal learning outside of lessons, for example in computing clubs or through competitions, as well as the importance of learning about ICT through project based, cross-curricular learning experiences.
Naace have created a framework for the ICT curriculum from early years to Key Stage 3 which will support schools in enhancing strands of Computer Science within a broad and balanced ICT curriculum, as well as helping schools develop their curriculum in areas such as Digital Literacy and the safe and responsible use of technology.
The joint statement also recognises the importance of technology enhanced learning in other subject areas separately to the National Curriculum ICT subject. As membership organisations we are looking to schools to share good practice – such as that demonstrated by Third Millennium schools – and monitoring the impact of technology enhanced learning through the use of frameworks that encourage reflection, review and evaluation. Our organisations share complementary roles within ICT education and are pleased to be able to work together, and with others, to provide a world class education, and great learning experiences, for our children that will prepare them for their future.