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The National Curriculum Programmes of Study for ICT at all Key Stages have been disapplied with effect from 1 September 2012 and are no longer statutory.

As of September 2014 the National Curriculum subject ICT (Information and Communication Technology)  will be replaced with Computing. This name change will more accurately reflect the content in the new programmes of study.

The final version of the Computing Curriculum
(September 2013):

There are very few changes to the last draft version, just a few clarifications.

Attainment targets for each Key Stage:
Key Stage 1          Key Stage 2          Key Stage 3          Key Stage 4

The National Curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

The purpose of study of the National Curriculum for Computing:

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity, including by making links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, and how digital systems work. Computing equips pupils to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of media. It also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

The National Curriculum Computing Curriculum for Primary (Sept 2013)

The National Curriculum Computing Curriculum for Secondary (Sept 2013)

Replacing the subject of ICT with Computing (Government Response June 2013)
This confirms that after consultation the Government have decided to proceed with replacing ICT with Computing.