IT (Primary Schoolchildren)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Labour, Cardiff South and Penarth 2:30 pm, 17th October 2011

What steps he plans to take to promote the involvement of primary schoolchildren in IT and internet-related activities.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Information and communications technology in the national curriculum will be considered as part of the national curriculum review. The effective use of technology can support good teaching and raise educational standards, but primary schools are best placed to make decisions on how to use technology to meet the needs of their pupils.

Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Labour, Cardiff South and Penarth

But enthusiasm and encouragement are also important. With your support and encouragement, Mr Speaker, MPs across all parties have encouraged their local primary schools to engage with the “Make IT happy” competition, organised by the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee, which I have the honour to chair. Will the Minister join me in urging schools to enter that competition, because it is good for pupils, good for Parliament and good for the early engagement of children with issues that are important to our economy?

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

I am happy to do so, and I congratulate the right hon. Gentleman on the initiative. Already, about 90% of primary school pupils say that teachers help them understand how to use technology. That is a great success story, and I wish his project every success.