Morning, Friday, 8th July 2022
The conference focuses on the next steps for the computing curriculum in England.
The discussion takes place as Ofsted undertakes a subject-specific review of the computing curriculum, and against the backdrop of initiatives aimed at attracting and retaining specialist computing teachers, including increased funding in the form of bonuses and bursaries.
The conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss both the curriculum, its impact and wider issues for computing in schools:
- the curriculum - design ◦ quality & standards ◦ priorities for building on the current offer of computing in England’s primary & secondary schools
- life skills - further steps needed to improve young people’s digital literacy ◦ preparing students for higher education & employment
- progression and inclusion - smoothing pathways ◦ qualification choice at GCSE & A Level ◦ vocational options ◦ choices post-16 ◦ encouraging uptake from underrepresented groups, including girls
- employment - developing the future IT workforce ◦ coding for future careers, including cyber security ◦ the potential of online play-based learning, such as esports, in building transferable skills
- school staff - impact of new incentives ◦ teacher training provision ◦ support & professional development ◦ improving retention ◦ next steps for the computing workforce within schools & colleges
- schools - how digital infrastructure can be updated to improve the delivery of computing education
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Samina Kiddier, Computing and Digital Skills Policy Team Leader, Department for Education; and Mark Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Ada. National College for Digital Skills on the future of computing education in England’s schools.