4 Sep '14

News Coding at school: a parent's guide to England's new computing curriculum

From the start of the new term, children as young as five will be learning programming skills in the classroomGetting more kids to code has been a cause célèbre for the technology industry for some time. Teaching programming skills to children is seen as a long-term solution to the skills gap between the number of technology jobs and the people qualified to fill them.From this month, the UK is the guinea pig for the most ambitious attempt yet to get kids coding, with changes to the national curriculum. ICT Information and Communications Technology is out, replaced by a new computing curriculum including coding lessons for children as young as five.ICT used to focus purely on computer literacy teaching pupils, over and over again, how to word-process, how to work a spreadsheet, how to use programs already creaking into obsolescence; about as much use as teaching children to send a telex or travel in a zeppelin.Our new curriculum teaches children computer science, information technology and digital literacy: teaching them how to code,and how to create their own programs; not just how to work a computer, but how a computer works and how to make it work for you. Continue reading...

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