ICT: Extracurricular Activities

Department for Education written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Smith of Basildon Baroness Smith of Basildon Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools in England and Wales offer coding as an extracurricular activity.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department does not hold or collect data on how many schools in England and Wales offer coding as an extracurricular activity.

The Government has supported extracurricular coding initiatives, such as Code Club, which benefitted from funding through the Cabinet Office’s Centre for Social Innovation Action Fund. Additionally, coding has been part of the English National Curriculum at all four Key Stages since 2014. The computing curriculum includes the basics of programming, and encourages pupils to design computer programs. All maintained schools must follow the computing curriculum and academies and free schools may use it as a benchmark.

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