Microsoft and Google input into computing curriculum makes it relevant to industry, argues DfE

Experts from major IT companies like Microsoft and Google have helped to design the new national curriculum for computing, so it should satisfy the skills requirements of the industry, the Department for Education (DfE) has said.

The DfE made the argument in response to criticism that the reformed computing curriculum still did not meet the IT industry’s needs because it focused too much on coding, to the detriment of digital literacy and information technology (using IT to solve problems).

“The new computing curriculum has been developed with experts such as Microsoft, Google and the British Computer Society [BCS, Chartered Institute for IT]. As well as teaching pupils how to write computer programmes, there is specific content on developing strong digital literacy skills at every key stage,” said a DfE spokesperson.

“This replaces an outdated ICT curriculum and will ensure pupils are taught the fundamental principles of computer science - vital for a growing range of careers in today’s economy.”

The new computing curriculum comes into effect in September 2014, giving teachers one year to get up to speed with the skills they need to deliver the programme.

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