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Press Release: Naace welcomes Ministerial support for teaching of computer programming in schools

Author: Aga Kelly
Naace welcomes the announcement made yesterday by David Willetts, Science Minister, that some secondary school children are to be taught computer programming skills under a new pilot initiative that will develop GCSEs and A Levels in the subject.

16 September 2011: For Immediate Release

Naace urges ministers in the Department for Education to take heart from this and other initiatives and to ensure that IT and computing remain a statutory entitlement for all primary and lower secondary pupils in the National Curriculum.

Naace, the ICT Association, whose mission is to advance education through the use of technology, recognises the excellent work done by teachers in both primary and secondary schools to promote the principles of computing from the early years/foundation stage, when pupils use programmable toys to support their learning, through key stages 1 and 2 where they learn how to create and refine sequences of instructions, to key stage 3 where they learn to use ICT to make things happen by planning, testing and modifying programs and constructing efficient procedures.

Abundant examples exist, such as in many ICT Mark Schools, of creative work in this area, using innovative, free tools like Scratch, Greenfoot and Kodu, but there does remain a shortage of specialist, skilled and inspired practitioners to deliver this subject in many of our schools. Naace is delighted that this pilot project has attracted investment from commercial partners and hopes that requisite investment in CPD for teachers will follow. 

The Royal Masonic School for Girls, is an excellent example of a school using Scratch to enhance creative thinking, to all Year 5 to Year 8 students.  In addition to this they are undertaking the optional Coding Unit 5 of OCR's GCSE this year which will result in students creating iPhone Apps as part of their new GCSE ICT course. Drew Buddie, who is Head of ICT at The Royal Masonic School and a Naace Board Member welcomes the initiative and adds that "it is pleasing that our advocacy in promoting the increased use of programming in schools is having an impact with policy makers, commercial organisations and the many great teachers of ICT and Computer Science around the country. We are especially pleased with the engagement of girls in this area and look forward to some great outcomes in the future."


Miles Berry, Senior Vice Chair of Naace and subject leader for ICT at the University of Roehampton said "It's great to see the Science Minister taking this key part of the curriculum so seriously. An understanding of computers, how they're used and how they work, ought to be part of every child's education, not just those who elect to study this at GCSE or A Level. That's why computing and IT need to remain part of the National Curriculum, and why we ought to see this new GCSE, and others like it, become part of the English Baccalaureate."

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Press Release: Naace welcomes Ministerial support for teaching of computer programming in schools
Naace welcomes the announcement made yesterday by David Willetts, Science Minister, that some secondary school children are to be taught computer programming skills under a new pilot initiative that will develop GCSEs and A Levels in the subject.