Computer coding classes available for disadvantaged children

The TES is reporting that 200 disadvantaged state school pupils will be offered the chance to learn computer code.

The Imperial Sutton Scholars project will help pupils between the ages of 11 and 14 to learn more about coding, programming and the application of these skills in the sciences.

Another scheme, Pathways to Coding, will teach coding and programming skills to pupils aged between 16 and 18.

In addition to coding and programming, the projects will offer pupils advice to help them access jobs in the technology sector. Recent research by the Sutton Trust found that there are significant barriers preventing disadvantaged pupils from pursuing careers in the digital sector.

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, said the digital sector looked likely to offer financially rewarding careers to many pupils. “But we need to make sure that these opportunities are available to all young people, not just those from better-off backgrounds.”

There are currently around 1.5 million jobs in the digital sector in the UK, 400,000 of which involve coding. It is estimated that there will be 100,000 new coding jobs by 2020.

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  1. 1.1 million jobs in the digital sector don’t require coding, according to the above.  Emphasising coding at the expense of teaching pupils how to use IT competently is likely to result in employers complaining pupils lack generic IT skills in a few years time.

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