New National Curriculum in Computing - David Brown (Ofsted) & Nick Cook

21st January 2014

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Inspecting ICT and E-Safety in the Current Curriculum Climate 

David Brown—Ofsted National Lead for ICT 

David leads Ofsted’s work in ICT, coordinating ICT subject inspections and writing reports and articles for Ofsted. David also leads inspection and improvement work in schools and initial teacher education. Before working for Ofsted David had over 25 years experience teaching in secondary schools, including 20 years as an ICT Coordinator, and worked for 15 years in school senior management. 

ICT programmes of study at all key stages have been disapplied since September 2012. ICT will 

continue to be a national curriculum subject, renamed computing with a new and statutory 

programme of study at all four key stages, from September 2014. Programmes of study for Computing for Key Stages 1-4 were published in September 2013. In his presentation David will explain how 

Ofsted will inspect ICT/Computing in all types of schools in the current climate but also from 

September 2014. Since September 2012 Ofsted have placed a greater emphasis on the inspection of 

e-safety provision within their new inspection framework for schools. The imperative to protect young people online has never been greater, with particular emphasis on vulnerable children. As technology and social media continue to progress apace, David will explain Ofsted’s view of good and outstanding provision in e-safety. 

The 3Cs: Collaboration, Computers at School (CAS) and CPD - Working Together to Deliver Inspirational Computing in Schools 

Dr Nick Cook Lecturer of Computing Science Newcastle University and Academic 

Co-ordinator for BCS/CAS Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science 

Nick has worked at the University since 1989 taking him on a seventeen year journey from research administrator to computing scientist. Responsible for the School of Computing Science’s outreach and widening participation activities including the Computer Science strand of PARTNERS Assessed Summer School, this work led to active involvement in CAS and organisation and delivery of CPD and other events and projects related to the new computing curriculum. Nick’s presentation will focus on 

opportunities to collaborate on preparation for and delivery of the new computing curriculum. He will outline CAS initiatives for accredited and non-accredited teacher CPD and stressing the 

importance of a computing education for all children, will present engaging and inspiring examples of regional and national teaching practice and of collaboration across sectors.