National Curriculum changes on Information and Communication Technology welcomed

Commenting on the launch of the public consultation on Michael Gove’s proposed changes to the National Curriculum for ICT, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union said:

“The NUT welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the consultation on the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and Attainments and assessment arrangements for ICT.

“The consultation on ICT should however be considered in the context of the current review of the National Curriculum and any changes made to the ICT curriculum in schools should happen at the same time. Piecemeal changes only disrupt the preparation that teachers have to make when initiatives are introduced.

“It is encouraging to see that one of the principle objectives of the review is to ‘offer a more creative and challenging curriculum’. This must not be undermined by continuing with the system of league tables and unnecessary floor targets which can lead to teaching to the test, resulting in all creativity being knocked out of schools.”