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In developing its computer science curriculum, Computing at School (RIGHT) produced a set of level descriptors35 for computer science, which might be used, perhaps with a little modification, alongside some statements from the old ICT attainment targets36 to report progression on the computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL) components of the programme of study.

Alternatively, bearing in mind the emphasis on a direct link between what’s taught and what’s assessed, it’s possible to take the statements from the programme of study and arrange them into some sort of order, from easier to harder statements. A somewhat arbitrary numbering might suggest a structure similar to the levels of the old attainment targets. For example, see the table below. Note that this table is meant for illustration only, without any implication that these stages equate to old levels.

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1

Use technology safely

Keep personal information private

Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school

Use technology purposefully to create digital content

Use technology purposefully to store digital content

Use technology purposefully to retrieve digital content

Understand what algorithms are

Create simple programs

 

 

 

2

Use technology respectfully

Identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

Use technology purposefully to organise digital content

Use technology purposefully to manipulate digital content

Understand that algorithms are implemented as programs on digital devices

Understand that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions

Debug simple programs

Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

 

3

Use technology responsibly

Identify a range of ways to report concerns about contact

Use search technologies effectively

Use a variety of software to accomplish given goals

Collect information Design and create content Present information

Write programs that accomplish specific goals

Use sequence in programs

Work with various forms of input Work with various forms of output

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Understand the opportunities computer networks offer for communication

Identify a range of ways to report concerns about content

Recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour

Select a variety of software to accomplish given goals

Select, use and combine internet services Analyse information

Evaluate information

Collect data

Present data

Design programs that accomplish specific goals

Design and create programs

Debug programs that accomplish specific goals

Use repetition in programs

Control or simulate physical systems

Use logical reasoning to detect and correct errors in programs

Understand how computer networks can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web

Appreciate how search results are selected

Select a variety of software to accomplish given goals

Select, use and combine internet services Analyse information

Evaluate information

Collect data

Present data

Understand the opportunities computer networks offer for communication

Identify a range of ways to report concerns about content

Recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour

 

 

 

 

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Understand the opportunities computer networks offer for collaboration

Be discerning in evaluating digital content

Combine a variety of software to accomplish given goals

Select, use and combine software on a range of digital devices

Analyse data

Evaluate data

Design and create systems

Solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

Use selection in programs Work with variables

Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work

Use logical reasoning to detect and correct errors in algorithms

Understand computer networks, including the internet

Appreciate how search results are ranked

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