Digital literacy as important as English and maths, Parliament warns

The TES is reporting that a House of Lords committee has said schools should teach “digital literacy” alongside reading, writing and maths if the country is to address the urgent digital skills shortage…

The House of Lords Digital Skills Committee has called on any future government to address the growing shortage of young people capable of filling jobs in the technology sector by making digital literacy the third core subject alongside literacy and numeracy.

The cross-party committee said that although the introduction of the computing curriculum in September last year was “welcome”, doubts remained over the workforce’s ability to teach it…

The report adds that the country is reaching a “tipping point” in the digital skills gap and warns that not enough is being done to meet the needs of industry.

Baroness Sally Morgan, chair of the committee, said the report should act as a “wake-up call” and that, as a country, “we’re not learning the right skills to meet our future needs”…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove They are right but one could argue that technology is out of date by the time students have earned/completed a qualification

  2. TW

    The growing shortage of “young people capable of filling jobs in the technology sector” might be largely due to them realising they probably won’t get a job in the industry as politicians and the Civil Service have made sure that IT work is farmed out to agencies/software houses who send the work overseas or temporarily import foreign programmers into Britain to do it.

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