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Ofsted bans HMI advice 'when schools need it most'

Ofsted bans HMI advice 'when schools need it most'

Ofsted withdraws Computing advice even though teacher confidence is low
Bureaucracy works in mysterious ways, but those in education’s computing community are baffled by the news that extremely useful advice about England's new Computing curriculum from Ofsted's head subject inspector David Brown had suddenly been withdrawn.

It’s believed to be the result of a diktat issued by Ofsted to all its HMIs of new and revised subjects, based on the argument that inspectors cannot advise on a subject that isn’t taught yet. The good news for teachers  and schools, however, is that the education adviser who first raised this issue, Ian Sillett, from teacher support outfit onefourseven, has already shared the PowerPoint presentation featuring David Brown’s sage observations. (UPDATE – see below.)

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More than half teachers 'not confident' in Computing

More than half teachers 'not confident' in Computing

Computing starts in England's schools next term, but a Nesta/TES survey reveals the depth of disquiet
Critics of the new Computing curriculum are vindicated by the findings of ...

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Assessment angst makes case for 'school communities'

Assessment angst makes case for 'school communities'

ICT4C discovers just how much more schools will have to collaborate for curriculum reform
“There are more questions than answers” sang reggae star Johnny Nash. It could have be...

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OCR assessment shock hits GCSE Computing students

OCR assessment shock hits GCSE Computing students

The OCR exam board withdraws controlled assessment from Computing students, reveals Tony Parkin
In a major blow to thousands of students taking the OCR's Computing GCSE, the ex...

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Microsoft stumps up £334,000 for 'computing' CPD

Microsoft stumps up £334,000 for 'computing' CPD

Software giant backing Computing at Schools in bid to upskill 50,000 teachers  
Worries over the capability of schools in England to teach the new computing curriculum hav...

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