Minister receives major report on future of computer science and ICT in schools in Wales
(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Education Minister Huw Lewis has today received a major independent report on the future of computer science and ICT in schools in Wales.
The report has been prepared by an independent steering group chaired by Stuart Arthur from Box UK, Tom Crick from Cardiff Metropolitan University and Janet Hayward, Headteacher at Cadoxton Primary School.
The Welsh Government commissioned the group to compile a set of recommendations to consider whether:
* 'ICT' in schools needs to be re-branded, re-engineered and made relevant to now and to the future.
* Digital literacy is the start and not the end point -- learners need to be taught to create as well as to consume.
* Computer science should be introduced at primary school and developed over the course of the curriculum so that learners can progress into a career pathway in the sector.
* Skills, such as creative problem-solving, should be reflected in the curriculum.
* Revised qualifications need to be developed in partnership with schools, Higher Education and industry.
Huw Lewis said:
"I am very grateful for all the work this group has done in developing this detailed and thorough report.
"The ICT sector has a valuable role in driving economic growth and the creation of new jobs in Wales. It is a driving force for social change and encourages productivity and competiveness across the economy. ICT in Wales is global and dynamic and I want Welsh learners to be given opportunities to develop the skills required to work in and contribute to the sector.
"We have concerns that fewer Welsh learners are seeing the value in pursuing a career in ICT and that many learners, as well as the wider public, perceive learning about computing in a negative way. It's therefore of great importance what is currently being taught is relevant to the global economy of the future.
"We will now take time to consider the report's findings in the context of our wider review of assessment and the National Curriculum."
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