Over the past four years, I have written or revised the N5 and Higher Bitesize guides. Previously, some other teachers also wrote the original N4 guide and parts of N5 and Higher. I had been commissioned to write the new Higher guides but having recently taken on a new job, I have no realistic prospect of completing the work.
I notified the BBC of my decision this week and they asked if I could post a message here in case anyone is interested, including former contributors. The task is time consuming more than difficult and involves creating guides for each sub unit (there are 24 in total but I have already submitted 2). You also need to write ten multiple choice questions for each guide with three answers and three explanations. If you have time it is doable but it is not a job that can be taken on lightly. The BBC pay a one off fee, so there are no royalties associated with hits etc. (which is a pity!).
They are flexible in terms of deadlines, and while aiming to publish revised courses ASAP, they take the view that publishing around October or November is fine, so there is flexibility if needed. To give an idea of time, it took me around five weeks during summer to write the revised N5 course last year.
Parts of the existing Higher guides could be used again, so it would not be a complete re-write but merging the old content with any new parts can take time, particularly as you need to direct the editor to keep certain parts and remove others.
If anyone is interested please feel free to send me a message.
In a broader sense, it is highly unlikely that I will be involved in much Computing delivery in the longer term and beyond this session. Over the years, I have worked with many of you, either as part of marking teams or in general. All the best with things going forward.