Andrew Stephenson (Pendle, Conservative)
Nick Gibb (Minister of State (Schools), Education; Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Conservative)
The Government is not proposing to remove ICT classes from the curriculum. Our proposal to disapply the existing Programmes of Study and associated attainment targets and assessment arrangements for ICT is an interim measure intended to give schools more flexibility to develop courses of study in ICT that meet the needs of their pupils more effectively. Under our proposals ICT would remain a compulsory subject within the National Curriculum at all four key stages. We have recently completed a public consultation on the proposals which received 333 responses, including comments relating to employability. We are currently considering the responses and will be announcing our conclusions shortly.
In addition, the Expert Panel advising the National Curriculum review has made some recommendations relating to the longer term position of ICT within the statutory curriculum. We have been discussing those recommendations with stakeholders over recent months and will also be announcing our conclusions on this issue shortly.