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An academy trust could close its design technology and computer science departments in a bid to save £385,000 a year.

The BBC has learned that the Inspiration Trust is consulting staff at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy (GYCA) on axing eight teaching jobs.


My son will have to travel to a neighbouring school for his computer science GCSE lessons when he starts year 10 in September as his school don't have the teaching staff or facilities to run the course. The two schools are part of the same academy group and quite close to each other geographically, allowing the smaller school my son is at to offer extra GCSE's in subjects like dance and resistant materials by sharing facilities which is great, but I was quite taken aback when I realised my son could only do a computer science GCSE in this way, I had assumed these days computer science would be a core subject everywhere. At least he doesn't have to move schools to do it (I'm not sure what we would have done if he wasn't able to access it via a short walk to another school once or twice a week). I know all schools do basic ICT, but surely a proper GCSE in computer science should be available to all students. The above article suggests this is becoming less and less the case and that's really disappointing.

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An academy trust could close its design technology and computer science departments in a bid to save £385,000 a year.

The BBC has learned that the Inspiration Trust is consulting staff at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy (GYCA) on axing eight teaching jobs.


My son will have to travel to a neighbouring school for his computer science GCSE lessons when he starts year 10 in September as his school don't have the teaching staff or facilities to run the course. The two schools are part of the same academy group and quite close to each other geographically, allowing the smaller school my son is at to offer extra GCSE's in subjects like dance and resistant materials by sharing facilities which is great, but I was quite taken aback when I realised my son could only do a computer science GCSE in this way, I had assumed these days computer science would be a core subject everywhere. At least he doesn't have to move schools to do it (I'm not sure what we would have done if he wasn't able to access it via a short walk to another school once or twice a week). I know all schools do basic ICT, but surely a proper GCSE in computer science should be available to all students. The above article suggests this is becoming less and less the case and that's really disappointing.


This is anecdote from personal experience rather than any proper expertise but my experience (edit to replace 'my expertise' - that was quite a typo) is that, as a generalisation, there's nobody to teach computer science out there - and it hasn't really existed at all for ages until the last five years or so. We have spent decades teaching ICT to school children as thought it just meant 'using office applications and understanding key terms'. The ICT department here are lovely people but as I understand it none of them are really able to teach what's required of Computer Science. If you're a computer science graduate then I imagine the rewards of working in the software industries are much greater than those of teaching something difficult and technical to students who think they're going to be playing.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-43866008

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An academy trust could close its design technology and computer science departments in a bid to save £385,000 a year.

The BBC has learned that the Inspiration Trust is consulting staff at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy (GYCA) on axing eight teaching jobs.


My son will have to travel to a neighbouring school for his computer science GCSE lessons when he starts year 10 in September as his school don't have the teaching staff or facilities to run the course. The two schools are part of the same academy group and quite close to each other geographically, allowing the smaller school my son is at to offer extra GCSE's in subjects like dance and resistant materials by sharing facilities which is great, but I was quite taken aback when I realised my son could only do a computer science GCSE in this way, I had assumed these days computer science would be a core subject everywhere. At least he doesn't have to move schools to do it (I'm not sure what we would have done if he wasn't able to access it via a short walk to another school once or twice a week). I know all schools do basic ICT, but surely a proper GCSE in computer science should be available to all students. The above article suggests this is becoming less and less the case and that's really disappointing.


This is anecdote from personal experience rather than any proper expertise, but my expertise is that, as a generalisation, there's nobody to teach computer science out there - and it hasn't really existed at all for ages since the last five years or so. We have spent decades teaching ICT to school children as thought it just meant 'using office applications and understanding key terms'. The ICT department here are lovely people but as I understand it none of them are really able to teach what's required of Computer Science. If you're a computer science graduate then I imagine the rewards of working in the software industries are much greater than those of teaching something difficult and technical to students who think they're going to be playing.


I certainly get the impression that staff is the main problem, though anyone with good enough maths skills ought to be able to teach computer science at GCSE level with the right training, surely. It can't be any harder than finding people to teach things like physics, for instance. Computer science is being dropped because it can and that makes it a political choice and that's what I find disappointing. So many warm words about creating a high skills society but so little desire to provide opportunities to acquire those skills.

Edited to add I'm not advocating dropping basic ICT or nvq type qualifications in software applications for students who want a more superficial understanding of the subject. I'm just saying that those with the maths skills to do it really shouldn't be denied the opportunity to do a proper GCSE in the subject any more than students should be denied the opportunity to study a language, science or traditional humanities subjects. Computer science has been a key GCSE option since GCSEs were first introduced in the 1980s. That we can no longer consistently offer it in our schools is a sign of how badly austerity is damaging our education system.

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An academy trust could close its design technology and computer science departments in a bid to save £385,000 a year.

The BBC has learned that the Inspiration Trust is consulting staff at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy (GYCA) on axing eight teaching jobs.
My son will have to travel to a neighbouring school for his computer science GCSE lessons when he starts year 10 in September as his school don't have the teaching staff or facilities to run the course. The two schools are part of the same academy group and quite close to each other geographically, allowing the smaller school my son is at to offer extra GCSE's in subjects like dance and resistant materials by sharing facilities which is great, but I was quite taken aback when I realised my son could only do a computer science GCSE in this way, I had assumed these days computer science would be a core subject everywhere. At least he doesn't have to move schools to do it (I'm not sure what we would have done if he wasn't able to access it via a short walk to another school once or twice a week). I know all schools do basic ICT, but surely a proper GCSE in computer science should be available to all students. The above article suggests this is becoming less and less the case and that's really disappointing.
People in charge of deciding what courses are available don't want everyone learning important skills or gaining knowledge.


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I certainly get the impression that staff is the main problem, though anyone with good enough maths skills ought to be able to teach computer science at GCSE level with the right training, surely. It can't be any harder than finding people to teach things like physics, for instance. Computer science is being dropped because it can and that makes it a political choice and that's what I find disappointing. So many warm words about creating a high skills society but so little desire to provide opportunities to acquire those skills.


My bold - you're probably right - if I say instead it does appear to have become something that people have decided they are unqualified to teach, perhaps because it hasn't been taught at a school level for so long. We have taught programming as something you don't learn until you're at University for the last thirty years or so, and I'm not sure but I suspect there has been a divide at university level between people studying programming and then going to work in software design, and people studying ICT and systems and going to work in teaching or maybe tech management.

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Teachers aren't receiving enough time or resources so they get different jobs instead


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"central problem is that advocates of UBI either unconsciously or wilfully fail to acknowledge that the current system is designed to provide specific payments for people in specific circumstances (e.g. caring, disability, high housing costs, high childcare costs). If you sweep all of that away, you either have to level up, giving a massive boost to people without those specific needs (at huge cost), or you create a fall in income for those with them. Neither is remotely acceptable in any real world"


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Toady this morning was FOUL .

Two bright school-leavers with families from Africa are denied uni loans because they now have to undergo a ten-year naturalisation process . The minister says that there is a "responsibility to taxpayers" ... to not allow them to pay for their education?

Windrush Logic applying eventually to the NHS, ffs ?

Either you are a Pure Brit , or not …

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And many of our supposedly fearless "journalists" are fully complicit in this.


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On the subject of the press, I see the Times has been totally humiliated over its "EEEVIL MUSLAMICS WILL STEAL *YOUR* BABIES!!!!!" supposed exclusive.

Still not humiliated nearly enough, though.


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#J.Portes

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The main statistical point of the Trussell Trust stuff (foodbank use increased more in UC areas) is based on the bog standard, area-based difference in difference methodology the DWP uses as standard in many of its own evaluations.."


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About time Rudd and/or May did the decent thing. They won't though of course.

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...immigration solicitor Phillip Turpin says, the Home Office gives little guidance on what it is looking for, but “you can be refused for failing to produce a document you were never asked for in the first place”.

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If someone in government wants someone ejected from the country for any reason, I can't see anything stopping them from doing it


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...immigration solicitor Phillip Turpin says, the Home Office gives little guidance on what it is looking for, but “you can be refused for failing to produce a document you were never asked for in the first place”.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... -legal-aid

Life is so much easier for oligarchs and mafiosi !

"" Although Tanna eventually managed to persuade the Home Office that Anne Marie had been in the UK since 1974, they still refused to grant her a permanent right to be here. Instead, Anne Marie is having to apply for what’s called “limited leave to remain” every 30 months for 10 years, paying thousands of pounds in application fees each time. Only after that will she be eligible to be recognised as a citizen of the only country she has known for 50 years.""


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Crace- time !

/plumbing-the-depths-for-david-davis-is-this-possible

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Fascinating images show original Windsor Castle after it was built to defend against medieval Home Counties

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Len McC counter-attacks ---

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