6 Sep '14

News The Observer view on teaching coding in primary schools | Observer editorial

Schools need central support and back-up now that computer coding is to be compulsory for pupilsThe "three Rs"; Sir and Miss; the long summer break to enable children to work the harvest season: a Victorian schoolteacher would probably find more familiar than foreign about schools in modern Britain. But there will be one important difference for children returning to school this week: they will be the first generation for whom coding will be a compulsory part of the curriculum.All children will learn how to write and debug programmes from five: a welcome development for a school system that has too often proved slow to keep pace with changes in the world. But it also highlights some features of the system to which education reformers should pay more heed. Continue reading...

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