Teachers, academics and IT industry representatives have just one week to share their views on the type of IT teaching that should take place in schools.
Last week V3 revealed that the Department for Education had signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-September with the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) to co-ordinate the development of the new IT programme of study (PoS).
Conversations so far on the new PoS have taken place behind closed doors, with the bodies appearing to have little intention to consult teachers and IT stakeholders from around the country before the draft PoS was put together.
Now BCS director Bill Mitchell, writing on Monday on the Computing At School (CAS) website in a members forum, has asked for the input of those working in the education sector.
However, those interested in doing so only have until 8 October to leave their responses in the CAS discussion forum.
"This does not give you long but we are working to a very compressed timetable," Mitchell said.
In the post, Mitchell added the BCS and the RAEng wants to open up the process of forming a new, improved IT PoS to all interested parties, and said there would be a further chance for feedback in future.
"We are conscious of the need to take into account the widest possible set of views at the earliest opportunity and therefore seek your help and guidance," said Mitchell.
"This is very much a preliminary opportunity for input - there will be a second opportunity to comment on a full draft PoS in November, and a third opportunity in the spring of 2013."
While Mitchell has argued there are lots of opportunities for education professionals to input into the new PoS, there is only this brief opportunity for them to input before the draft PoS is completed.
This approach has been criticised from some education reformers, who are keen to base the draft on a large national consultation.
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