ICT / IT / Computing, there has been a lot of confusion about the terms, the different types of curriculum and even the best method of delivering Computer related skills and knowledge to students!
I think it is very much worth acknowledging that there are three distinct strands that need to be considered for all students (although the Government plans to scrap GCSE and A-level ICT qualifications! which I think is a huge mistake).
For me, students need exposure to three distinct strands:
The simple fact that IT / ICT is accessible for those students who are not able to access the content of Computer Science should be recognised (isn't that the reason we have subject like Business and Applied Business. so that qualifications are available to meet the diverse learning needs of our students???)
One of the knock on effects might also be that although IT / ICT is still part of KS3, it is only very much a minor part (one of six aspects) and I think many teachers will feel a duty to not give it the emphasis it had before (perhaps rely on an embedded approach of IT/ICT and will concentrate on the other areas in the discrete lessons that they have available). The new Compute-IT books provide content and curriculum for 3 different year groups and heavily focus on Computer Science related knowledge.
I am afraid that the policy is now over reacting to the perceived of ICT and this is an attempt to remedy that perceived weakness.
Unfortunately, Computing is not an easy subject (especially at the higher levels) and it is on par with maths and physics; ICT was there for students who cannot do the higher level maths papers (as an analogy) and it's a shame for future students that it will not be an option in the future/