We welcome the publication of the Royal Society study on the state of computing in schools, which makes a valuable and timely contribution to this important area. The report's conclusion that the teaching of ‘Information and Communication Technology’ (ICT) in schools needs reform is consistent with other evidence on the shortcomings of ICT and related qualifications in schools. That is why we are now consulting on withdrawing the existing ICT Programmes of Study and Attainment Targets from September 2012. This will free schools to develop more innovative ICT curricula with a greater focus on computer science, drawing on support from industry and other expert groups.
ICT will however remain a compulsory subject at all key stages, pending the outcome of the current review of the national curriculum in England.