Schools: ICT

Education written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis Conservative, Northampton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Royal Society's report entitled, “Shut down or restart?: The way forward for computing in UK schools”, published in January 2012.

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

We welcome the publication of the Royal Society study on the state of computing in schools, which makes a valuable and timely contribution to this important area. The report's conclusion that the teaching of ‘Information and Communication Technology’ (ICT) in schools needs reform is consistent with other evidence on the shortcomings of ICT and related qualifications in schools. That is why we are now consulting on withdrawing the existing ICT Programmes of Study and Attainment Targets from September 2012. This will free schools to develop more innovative ICT curricula with a greater focus on computer science, drawing on support from industry and other expert groups.

ICT will however remain a compulsory subject at all key stages, pending the outcome of the current review of the national curriculum in England.

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