New Computing curriculum officially launches today
As of today the new Computing curriculum, long argued for by Ukie’s Next Gen Skills campaign, has officially been put in effect. The new subject has replaced the outdated ICT curriculum which Ian Livingstone, our Vice Chair, identified in the NESTA Next Gen report as being a key factor in restricting the development of talent in the games and special effects industry and was in need of reform. Ian and his co-author Alex Hope clearly laid the case to government through this report, and Ian tirelessly over three years made sure government listened - and they did.
Pupils aged five to seven will learn how to understand what algorithms are and will learn how to create and debug simple programs. In line with the curriculum, students from the age of 11 will have to design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems.
In 2012 Ukie convened a campaign with biggest names from the UK digital, creative and hi-tech industries & the UK’s leading skills and educational bodies to improve the computer programming skills needed for the future growth of the economy. The campaign included high profile games businesses like Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Activision, PlayGen, The Creative Assembly and SEGA. Other supporters of the campaign include companies like Google, TalkTalk, Facebook, the British Screen Advisory Council, Guardian Media Group, Tech UK, IPA, British Computer Society, Creative Skillset, GuildHE, e-skills, NESTA and UK Screen (representing some of the world’s leading visual effects businesses, including Oscar winners Double Negative and Framestore).
Ukie’s next step in the campaign is to help government address the teacher deficit in Computing by investing in teacher training and exploring how games can be used to create exciting and inspirational lessons in the classroom.
Some more useful resource from the BBC can be found here.