The UK government has decided to take the rigid requirements out of information and communication technology (ICT) curriculum, instead allowing teachers to create their own lesson plans and approaches to providing students the things they need to learn. Teachers will still be required to teach ICT. The Department for Education’s consultation document announcing the change indicated that the mandatory guidelines were not getting the job done and that educators didn't care all that much for it.
"Under the new regulations schools will still be required to teach ICT at all key stages as part of the National Curriculum but teachers will have the freedom and flexibility to design an ICT curriculum that is best for their pupils," reads the consultation document.
The consultation was initiated on January 18 and ended on April 11. Public consultation on the matter will remain open until July 11.
"Great news announced today by Gov to scrap the ICT [curriculum] so schools will be free to teach Computer Science from Sept," commented UKIE deputy chair Ian Livingstone via Twitter, who is a committed supporter of computer science teaching in schools.
You can read the consultation document here.
Source: GamesIndustry International