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Event title:

SEC and SCDC created

Timeline Date

January 1, 1982



Government, Department or Organisation

Department for Education and Science (1964 - 1992)

Secretary of State

Sir Keith Joseph, Bt (14 Sept 1981 - 21 May 1986)



BECTA Category

Event Content

By disapplying the ICT programme of study from September this year schools will be able to offer a more creative and challenging curriculum, drawing on support and advice from those best positioned to judge what an ambitious and forward-looking curriculum should contain.


The work of the Secondary Schools Examination Council which was taken over by the Schools Council for Curriculum and Examinations in 1964, following the recommendations of the Lockwood Committee (ED 147/812-16).

Information on the work of the Schools Council is in:

ED 147/833-907, ED 147/1344-1349 and in EJ 1-3, EJ 5, EJ 9, EJ 11-13
In 1982 the functions were separated again with the creation of:

the Secondary Examination Council – papers in EJ 8 and EJ 10
the School Curriculum Development Committee – papers in EJ 4, EJ 6-7
In 1988 these two bodies were replaced by:

the Secondary Examination Council was replaced by the Schools Examination and Assessment Council (papers in KC 1-2)
the School Curriculum Development Committee was replaced by the National Curriculum Council (records in FW 1-4)
In 1993 examination and curriculum functions were combined under the Schools Curriculum and Assessment Authority (SCAA) (minutes and papers in EJ 15).

The SCAA was merged with the National Council for Vocational Qualifications (records in KY 1-2) in 1997 to form the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

Evidence indicates that recent curriculum and qualifications reforms have not led to significant improvements in the teaching of ICT, and the number of students progressing to further study in ICT-related subjects is in decline. Furthermore, the ICT curriculum in its current form is viewed as dull and demotivating for pupils. Its teaching may not equip pupils adequately for further study and work, may leave them disenchanted or give rise to negative perceptions that turn them off the subject completely.

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