BCS Academy of Computing
Bill Mitchell
BCS Academy Founding Partners
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CAS and BCS are collaborative partners
That’s official: CAS has its own Board within BCS governance
– CAS is officially recognised and funded as part of the core mission in
our Royal Charter to advance computing
(no other group has this status)
– CAS is the principal group within BCS that influences education policy
for computing in school
– CAS co-author BCS responses to consultations on computing
education in school
– CAS have a seat on the BCS Academy of Computing Board
Bottom line: CAS is the group BCS listens to more than any other on all
schools computing education issues
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Royal Society Report into State of Computing
Education in School
Computing in School Study
24 organisations on Advisory Group, including Royal Academy of Engineering
(Simon Peyton-Jones, Simon Humphreys, Bill Mitchell members of Group a total
of 6 members of BCS Academy Board)
Stakeholder meetings
• Glasgow meeting, 22 March 2011 (Teachers)
• Manchester meeting, 18 March 2011 (Teachers)
• Leeds meeting, 24 March 2011 (Higher Education)
• London meeting, 28 March 2011 (Headteachers)
• London meeting, 31 March 2011 (teachers)
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National Curriculum review
• BCS with CAS submitted response to NC review
• June 6th DfE for meeting on NC review
- Simon Peyton-Jones, Simon Humphreys, Bill Mitchell
– DfE:
- Marc Cavey, head of a DfE policy unit
- Aileen Clement, leading the NC Review work on ICT and D&T
- Ian Brydon, STEM policy team, and lead on ICT in the national curriculum
– general tenor of the Review is to reduce the scope of the National Curriculum
– we made case Computer Science is a proper, rigorous, knowledge-based
subject discipline
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E4E, Engineering for Education
E4E represents the collective views of
• 36 Professional Engineering Institutions, including BCS
• Engineering Council, EngineeringUK
• the Royal Academy of Engineering
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E4E National Curriculum review:
Every school pupil should encounter Computing because:
• General scientific, engineering, mathematical and business principles,
concepts and methods can be encoded in formal languages that a
human can understand and a digital computer can execute
• The rigorous design and automation of different kinds of machine
executable languages is unique to Computing; in particular designing
and building languages capable of describing elegant, efficient solutions
to hard real-world problems that affect our societal wellbeing as well as
our future economic prosperity
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Letter from BCS to Michael Gove
• Mr Matt Brittin, Managing Director UK & Ireland Operations Google UK
• Dr Andrew Herbert OBE FREng, Chairman Microsoft Research EMEA
• Mr John Higgins CBE, Director General Intellect
• Dr Hermann Hauser Hon-CBE FREng (appointed by the Prime Minister to the Council for
Science and Technology)
• Mr Andy Mulholland, Corporate Vice President & Global Chief Technology Officer Capgemini
• Mr David Docherty, Chief Executive of the Council For Industry and Higher Education, and
Chairman of the Digital Television Group
• Mr Ian Livingstone OBE, Life President Eidos and Chair Computer Games Skills Council
• Mr Keith Williams FBCS, Managing Director Altran Praxis, Global Executive Director - Embedded
& Critical Systems Altran
• Mr Alex Hope, Managing Director Double Negative, Board Director of the UK Screen Association
(Double Negative won the 2011 Oscar for best Visual Effects)
• Mr John Lazar, Chairman Metaswitch (four times winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise,
including the Queen’s Award for Technology Innovation in 2010)
• Mr Hasan Bakhshi, Director Creative Industries National Endowment for Science, Technology
and the Arts
• Mr David Clarke MBE FBCS, Chief Executive BCS
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• Livingstone-Hope Skills Review for UK’s Video Games and Visual
Effects Industries
– bring Computer Science into the National Curriculum as an essential
– include Computer Science in the English Baccalaureate
Commissioned by
Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture,
Communications and Creative
who also publically endorsed the
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David Willetts Minister of State for Universities
BCS Academy, Microsoft Research, CPHC and
UKCRC met with David Willetts, to discuss
University funding for Computer Science degree
courses in February 2011
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UK ICT Pioneers Competition with EPSRC
Innovation for Sustainability
• Jens Enzo Nyby Christensen, University of Cambridge: Acoustic
Pulse Recognition (APR)
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