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ICT: Education

Education written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to encourage the teaching of computer coding in schools.

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

On 7 February the Government published proposals for the reform of the national curriculum for consultation. These include a proposal to replace the existing, outdated and discredited ICT curriculum with a new, ambitious computing curriculum at all four key stages. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, this will mean that all maintained schools will be required to teach practical programming from September 2014.

The recent announcement by the Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend Michael Gove, that GCSE computer science is to be part of the EBacc performance measure from 2014 will also strengthen the teaching of computer programming in schools. These changes will support progress to higher-level study and professional careers in this field.

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