Comparing Computing Curricula in the UK

This academic year, with much publicity, England adopted a new National Curriculum. It is basically a skeleton with little guidance to support teachers to deliver it in the classroom (in my opinion).

It’s interesting that when I speak to a lot of teachers and senior leaders in schools that they refer to the new National Curriculum as the UK’s new curriculum. But that is not the case. It applies only to state maintained schools in England. This means that the majority of schools in the UK do not follow it (and even a majority in England do not have to).

So, purely for the sake of balance, comparison, clarity and personal interest, I have embedded below the current Computing Curricula for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

How do you feel the curricula compare? Do any provide students with a better set of competencies than the others? Have you ever taught across multiple UK curricula? Which do you feel works best?

The Computing Curriculum in England (original source here)

ICT in the National Curriculum for Wales (original source here)

Using ICT – Northern Ireland

Foundation Stage

Key Stages 1 and 2

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Curriculum for Excellence: Technologies – Scotland (original source here)