Miles Berry is a principal lecturer and the subject leader for computing education at the University of Roehampton. Miles was part of the drafting group for computing in the 2014 national curriculum and is author to Rising Stars ‘Switched on Computing’ resource. He has a number of consultancy projects, particularly in the fields of CPD and curriculum development, both in the UK and internationally.
Miles serves on the management boards of Naace and Computing at Schools as well as the UK Forum for Computing Education. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a fellow of the BCS, RSA and HEA.
With computing soon to be taught in lieu of ICT, many teachers are keen to share advice and concerns with their peers. Miles Berry, author of Switched on Computing, talks about the fresh opportunities for creativity in the new curriculum, and shares some advice on how to take on these new challenges.
Whilst it’s easy to focus on the ‘core knowledge’ aspects of the new National Curriculum, creativity is an important dimension, and I think rightly so. The stated aims for the curriculum as a whole include engendering an appreciation for human creativity, and it’s hard to see this happening without some opportunity for pupils to work in this way. The computing programme of study speaks of pupils coming to understand and change the world through computational thinking and creativity, and includes, as one of its aims, that pupils become creative users of ICT.