Computer science to be part of English Baccalaureate

Computer science is going to become part of the English Baccalaureate – one of the measures used in school league tables in England. It will be included as one of the science options that count towards this measure. This is from the BBC…

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) requires pupils to get good GCSE grades in English, maths, sciences, history or geography and a language.

Technology firms have been calling for a bigger role for studying computing.

Microsoft’s education director Steve Beswick welcomed the announcement as the “start of a journey” in changing how computer science is taught.

He wants the subject to be taught to even younger children, including in primary school.

A Google spokeswoman said this “marks a significant further investment in the next generation of British computer scientists”.

The decision by ministers will mean that computing will count as a science in the English Baccalaureate for secondary school league tables from January 2014 – alongside physics, chemistry, biology and pupils taking double science.

In January 2012, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced he was replacing the information and communications technology (ICT) curriculum in schools with a more challenging computer science curriculum, developed to meet the needs of technology firms.

In October, a panel of technology experts, including representatives of Google and Microsoft, called for the inclusion of computer science in the English Baccalaureate.

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Here’s the official news from the DfE: Computer science to be included in the EBacc

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