Computer Science in the EBacc

Our partner organisation, BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, have recently published a report making the case for Computer Science to be included as an option in the English Baccalaureate.

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On 11 January 2012 at BETT Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove MP signalled a fundamental change in the way Information and Communication Technology and Computer Science are viewed in our education system. In addition to launching a major reform into the teaching of ICT, the Secretary of State also recognised the role of Computer Science as "a rigorous, fascinating and intellectually challenging subject" and set a challenge to the Computer Science community for the future:  

If new Computer Science GCSEs are developed that meet high standards of intellectual depth and practical value, we will certainly consider including Computer Science as an option in the English Baccalaureate.

"Every student should be offered the chance to gain a rigorous Computer Science qualification before they leave school. The UK Government could make this happen by including Computer Science as an option in the English Baccalaureate school performance measure. This will help headteachers realise that Computer Science is foundational knowledge critical for student success in the digital age. As President of ACM, a leading organisation for computing professionals, I know it strongly shares the view of broad student access to rigorous and engaging Computer Science education before university. ACM has worked with other non-profits and corporations to found Computing in the Core, a bipartisan coalition for seeking to strengthen K-12 Computer Science education. These organisations believe that Computer Science should have equal weight in education as other subjects such as mathematics or the natural sciences."

Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google and a Distinguished Fellow of BCS. President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2004 Turing Award winner and Fellow of the ACM. December 2012

Main recommendations and findings of the report

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