Teaching of computer skills to be revised with industry input


Teaching of computer skills to be revised with industry input

Simon Quicke
The computer industry is going to have an input into shaping the technology skills that school children pick up in the future as the current teaching programme of ICT gets scrapped.

The Education Secretary Michael Gove will announce that it is replacing the existing teaching approach with an 'open source' curriculum in computer science which will be designed with help from industry and universities.

The move is a recognition that the current approach to teaching ICT skills has failed and Gove's speech will describe the existing offering as "harmful and dull".

The plans to change ICT teaching from September comes on the opening day of the BETT show in London where the use of IT in schools is being promoted and Gove is giving the keynote.

Some in the industry have been calling for a while for a revision to the current system, arguing it doesn't deliver the right results.

Richard Hadfield, chair of Intellect's education group said: "We are pleased that Michael Gove has agreed with our recommendation to scrap the current dull and uninspiring ICT lessons and replace them with lessons which will engage, excite and inspire pupils.

"Equipping pupils with real programming and computer science skills is vital to ensuring the future of the UK ICT sector and our whole economy," he added.

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