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UK’s Education Secretary to back computer science in schools, more students should learn coding

Tuesday, 6th December 2011 18:20 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Michael Gove, Education Secretary for the UK’s Department for Education, has publicly backed a skills review co-authored by Ian Livingstone and agrees that the digital skills gap affecting UK games development studios can be curtailed by supporting computer science as part of the national curriculum.

According to Grove: “One of the problems we have had is the ICT curriculum in the past has been written for a subject that is changing rapidly all the time. I think what we should have is computer science in the future, and how it fits into the curriculum is something that we need to talk to scientists, to experts in coding and to young people about.”

The skills review, published in February, outlined 20 recommendations which, if implemented, would close the education gap in UK schools and provide students the skills needed for jobs of a digital nature in the future.

“The Government looks forward to working with [the games industry], educators and others to develop an attractive computer science offering for schools, so that students are able to develop the rigorous skills needed – not only to support these industries but also to ensure a digitally literate citizenry,” read the response per Develop.

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5 Comments

  1. Crab of Thunder

    Agreed.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Froseidon

    This needed to be done sooner. ICT as it is is pretty crap.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. mathare92

    Teaching programming as part of ICT would be a great idea going forward. I remember doing ICT for my GCE’s a couple of years ago, and we didn’t have to learn a shred of code. Now I’m in engineering and the programming courses we have to go through are pretty tough to do well in without any prior experience.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    It’s pure prejudice, but going on what television teaches the world about the youth in the UK, that sounds to me like unleashing a torrent (geddit?!) of script kiddies upon the entire internet.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    I approve of wider ICT education.

    Software companies might think twice about putting out the poorly coded shite so many of them do if the users could actually identify it as poorly coded shite.

    #5 3 years ago

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