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Is there too much emphasis on coding?

He was one of the teachers to advise an influential Royal Society report that established the direction for the new computing curriculum, but now Drew Buddie is abandoning the GCSE in computer science.

From next year, the Year 10 students at the Royal Masonic School in Hertfordshire, where Buddie is head of computing, will take the iGCSE instead. They are not alone in avoiding the computer science GCSE: 54 per cent of schools do not currently offer it.

So what went wrong? Buddie believes the main issue is that the balanced curriculum and qualifications envisaged by teachers and experts were ...

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