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The trouble with Python

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My daughter’s next reading book

Python is the de facto language in Secondary schools currently. I’m a fan of it myself. I have used it as part of teaching GCSE computing in the past and I like the clean and simple syntax which presents a low barrier to entry for pupils creating simple programs. I actually see a need for it at KS3 as a getting-things-done-easily introductory textual programming language.The trouble is, with recent changes to the GCSE specifications, I’m not convinced about how suitable it remains into KS4.

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Goodbye coursework, hello exams

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Star Wars says goodbye to excessive computing coursework

I have seen a lot of toing and froing on social media recently about the merits of different exam boards and who is going with which specification and why. Unfortunately, I feel that many teachers are misleading themselves and haven’t really considered the full facts before making a decision.

Perhaps they are basing this on their past experiences with older qualifications but it is now time to think again.

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