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Computing: Supporting effective teaching

The computing curriculum is now in place and we have a fairly clear idea about what we should be teaching. Two months in to the new curriculum, Miles Berry, of the University of Roehampton, discusses effective teaching strategies and how schools can suppo

In thinking about how to teach computing, the way ICT was taught in the past is a good starting point, at least as far as primary schools are concerned. In their last subject survey, Ofsted reported that ICT teaching was good or better in two thirds of the primary schools they visited.

The creative, practical projects which characterised many primary ICT lessons will certainly have their place in new computing lessons, not least because there is very little from the old curriculum which hasn’t made it onto the new one.

While media coverage has focused on “coding”, the computing programmes of study include a balanced mix of computer science, information technology and digital literacy which are the foundations, applications and implications of the discipline respectively.

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