"ICT Poor in Secondary Schools" - Ofsted
BBC News - ICT poor in secondary schools, Ofsted says
Everybody's piling on at the moment aren't they? Poor ICT staff...
Inspectors said teachers lacked the expertise and confidence to teach more demanding topics properly.
The report said areas such as databases and programming were poorly taught, with some pupils making more progress outside lessons than in them.
For my part, I think it's a combination of factors - firstly, that the curriculum is updated so slowly and monolithically, which may work well for Maths and History, but isn't so great for ICT. Secondly, there is a certain sentiment in some schools that ICT is an easy subject to teach, and if you can use Word you can teach the subject. I'm not saying this is true everywhere and certainly the teachers at my current place are very capable, but I know of a staff member at my last place who was constantly applying to be an ICT instructor but couldn't work out that the printer wasn't working because it wasn't turned on. Unfortunately the curriculum doesn't help here, being as focused on Office as it is. Fixing the curriculum (and stopping it from just being the companion to Business Studies, as it was sold to me ten years ago) will shake out these pretenders, although it'll be a painful few years.
Or, y'know, leave ICT as it is and make it core, and run an optional Computer Science GCSE alongside it to provide a challenge. I will keep mentioning this until the government notice my brilliant plan and actually gold-plate my pension like they keep reckoning they've done already.