Education written question – answered on 9th November 2012.

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Photo of Graham Jones Graham Jones Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the difficulties encountered by pupils currently transitioning from ICT to computer science.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

There is no statutory requirement for schools to teach computer science instead of ICT.

The recent disapplication of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study, Attainment Targets and statutory assessment arrangements for ICT means that schools now have more freedom to develop their own local curricula for the subject. We hope that many schools will use this opportunity to implement more rigorous and ambitious approaches to teaching ICT, which could involve greater emphasis on aspects of computer science. However, it is for schools to decide whether and how fast to do this in the best interests of their pupils.

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