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Leaving Certificate Computer Science Curriculum Launch2018 March 14

The final specification for the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science curriculum was officially launched by the  Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, on 5th February 2018.  Professor Brendan Tangney of the School of Computer Science and Statistics (SCSS) at Trinity College Dublin delivered the keynote address. A phased implementation will begin in September 2018 with 40 schools participating.  Details of these schools can be found here

*Dr Jake Rowan Byrne was commissioned in 2017 by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) to lead the development of this new Leaving Certificate Computer Science curriculum.  Jake was selected for this role for his skills and expertise due both in terms of Computer Science and pedagogical approaches to help foster and embed “21st Century Key Skills”.  Jake worked with the NCCA and the Computer Science Development Group from March-October 2017. The curriculum specification was developed to foster students’ problem solving and creativity both as part of teams but also to improve their ability to manage themselves.

There are three strands to the new curriculum: Practices & Principles, Core Concepts and Computer Science in practice. These strands are not to be completed sequentially but rather in a non-linear iterative fashion through the “Applied Learning Tasks” found in the Computer Science component strand.

The phased implementation was announced on 4th January 2018. This is a very exciting opportunity as the specification aligns considerably with Trinity's Bridge 21 goals of promoting technology mediated, team-based project work in the classroom. This represents a significant step forward as Computer Science and Bridge21 pedagogical approaches are integrated into formal education, particularly at senior cycle Heretofore, the School had been mainly working with the junior cycle reforms.

Official launch of Leaving Certificate Computer Science Curriculum led by School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin

 University Times Article here

NCCA Leaving Certificate Computer Science brochure here

*In January 2018, Dr Jake Byrne was appointed Assistant Professor in Contemporary Teaching and Learning & Computing and Course Coordinator of the Postgraduate Course in 21st Century Teaching and Learning at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, having served as Research Fellow and Bridge 21 STEM programme manager for some years at the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin.

Posted by:  Catherine O’Connor, Head of External Relations, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin.  catherinedotoconnor@tcd.ie