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Intellect calls for ICT Curriculum Changes

Thursday 21st April 2011

Intellect, the trade body for the UK’s technology sector ants the government to replace ICT with lessons that focus on higher computer science skills, and to embed the teaching of ICT across every other subject. Intellect’s John Hoggard, the education programme manager stated that the existing ICT curriculum only taught pupils a how to use certain software packages and that these were limited in number. He suggested that the basic ICT skills being generated by the education department aren’t meeting the needs of students or their potential employers. The take up in school of ICT courses has fallen too. It shows a 57% decline in numbers between 2005 and 2010. Employers have said that they need to spend time and money up-skilling their employees as a result of the ICT teaching.

In Intellects response to the Department for Education review of the national curriculum they recommend that basic ICT skills, interactive and multimedia technology should be used across all lessons to encourage and develop better computer science skills and creativity.

 

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