Proper coding to be taught in schools

This time last year the Government was considering making ICT a non-compulsory subject, but it has now been announced that the ICT curriculum will be replaced with computer science lessons in which youngsters learn programming skills.

Frontend developer Anna Debenham has campaigned to bring about a change in IT education, and is pleased by the news. "I studied the current ICT curriculum for GCSE and A-Level, and I felt frustrated that the whole thing was basically a glorified Microsoft Office. It was so basic and outdated that I often thought it would be better off not being taught at all, but kids aren't as computer literate as we'd like to think. A million in the UK don't even have computer access at home, so taking it out of the curriculum altogether means many slip through the net without the basic skills they need in most workplaces. That's why I'm delighted with the news that ICT is finally going to be replaced with a new computer science programme and given such a high status.

"This would support subjects such as science, maths and engineering, and I hope when it's combined with something young people can relate to, such as physics engines in games, it will help them progress in all these subjects. They're not all going to want to be computer programmers, but if it's done right, they'll be more computer literate and hopefully won't be turned off the industry altogether."

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