Transformation of Government policy on computing in school

Transformation of Government policy on computing in school

by Academy Admin

The following public statements demonstrate the tremendous shift in Government policy to the current position of supporting Computer Science education in school. This shift is across the entire Cabinet, including the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Secretary of State for Education.

"I think Eric Schmidt is right... we're not doing enough to teach the next generation of programmers. One of the things you hear from the businesses here in Tech City is "I don’t just want people who are literate in technology, I want people who want to create programs", and I think that’s a real wake up call for us in terms of our education system."
Prime Minister David Cameron, BBC Tech City interview, November 2011
"Britain has a proud history of invention and industrial creativity, and we want to make sure this continues. That is why we have launched an overhaul of the way that computing is taught in schools, marking a move away from simply teaching young people how to use technology, and instead equipping them with the skills to write software and design apps."
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, FT March 2012

"Education Secretary Michael Gove today announced he was scrapping the existing ICT curriculum. In its place, he will introduce new courses of study in Computer Science.

The move, which is being supported by industry experts including Ian Livingstone - co-founder of Games Workshop, would give schools the freedom to create their own ICT and Computer Science curricula that equip pupils with the skills employers want.

Other experts, including the British Computer Society and ICT professional association Naace, confirm the current National Curriculum Programme of Study is dull and unsatisfactory. Some respondents to a 2008 e-Skills study said that GCSE ICT was "so harmful, boring and/or irrelevant it should simply be scrapped".

Companies such as Microsoft and Google and Cambridge University are already working with technology education organisations, such as the British Computer Society, to produce free materials for schools."
Department for Education press release, January 2012