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9 Aug '13

News How to teach the new computing curriculum – live chat

Join our expert panel to explore the new computing curriculum in both primary and secondary education, Thursday 15 August, 4pm to 6pm

It was clear that when Michael Gove announced at the 2012 Bett show that ICT left students "bored out of their minds" the future of ICT was in danger. From that point on, teachers of ICT have been concerned for their and the subject's future. There are some, like Genevieve Smith-Nunes, who firmly believe that computing is the way forward but recognises the "the pain of not understanding" is a challenge for teachers.

There is a core group of ICT teachers who believe that there was room for both ICT and computing in the curriculum. Matt Britland wrote a piece earlier this year where he argued that "the changes are myopic and done for the wrong reasons". Whatever your position on this debate, computing, like the sands of time or the tides of the sea, is coming to a school near you very soon.

The problem teachers now face is how to deliver an effective and engaging curriculum that is both inclusive and expansive. To help you through what could be a very tricky process, we have lined up a live chat so you can discuss the changes with those that have already gone through the transition.

We're keeping the discussion broad, so you can discuss almost anything related to computer science. Our experts will be on hand to discuss delivery of the new requirements and how students are to be assessed, plus point you in the direction of the best resources to tap into in our resources section and the vast expanse of the web.

There are many issues to explore. So join us on Thursday August 15, 4pm to 6pm. The discussion takes place on this page in the comments thread below and is now open for your questions and thoughts. Please do share your experiences and tips about how you are tackling the new curriculum. You can also email questions, ideas and comments to Mike Britland

See you online on Thursday.

Our panel

Genevieve Smith-Nunes, teacher of IT, computing and business, Dorothy Stringer School

Genevieve is a teacher of IT, computing and business. She also teaches A -level computing and software development at Sussex Downs College, an FE college in Lewes. She is hub leader for Sussex CAS and she blogs at

Mark Anderson, assistant head teacher and director of e-learning, Sir Bernard Lovell School

Mark is author of The Perfect Ofsted ICT (every) Lesson. He currently teaches ICT and computing courses and has previously been head of ICT and computing and director of digital learning. Mark is also an Apple distinguished educator and a member of the Pedagoo team who also organises Teachmeet Clevedon. Mark also blogs at

Dr Tom Crick, senior lecturer in computer science, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Tom is chair of Computing At School (CAS) in Wales and is currently leading the Welsh government's review of the ICT curriculum. He blogs at and can be found on twitter as @DrTomCrick.

More panelists to be confirmed.

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