Pupils will be taught about 3D printers and robotics under radical plans to prepare more of them for jobs in the engineering industry. This is from the Telegraph…
A new national curriculum to be published this week will emphasise the advanced skills demanded by businesses to help drive the economic recovery, ministers will announce.
The Government has overhauled the design and technology syllabus following concerns that an earlier draft of the document placed too much emphasis on topics such as cooking, flower arranging, bicycle maintenance and sewing.
Figures including Sir James Dyson, the inventor, had complained that a version of the curriculum published earlier this year had prioritised “life skills” over academic disciplines.
The new curriculum will now cover extensive use of “cutting-edge design equipment”, including 3D printers, laser cutters and robotics.
It will also include more advanced electronics including lessons in programming micro-processor chips.
The disclosure will be made this week as part of a shake-up of all subjects in English state schools, including English, maths, science, history, geography, foreign languages, art and physical education…
But one of the most radical changes to the curriculum – last redrafted by Labour in 2007 – will be in D&T as part of a move that ministers claim will set more children on the path to careers in engineering, construction and manufacturing.
The change follows claims from the Royal Academy of Engineering that Britain needs an additional 100,000 science, technology, engineering and maths graduates every year to meet a desperate skills shortage.
A senior Whitehall source said: “The new curriculum will give pupils the skills to design, make, and test their own products.
“Pupils will learn computer-aided design and electronics. 3-D printers will become standard in our schools – a technology that is transforming manufacturing and the economy.
“Combined with the introduction of programming, it is a big step forward from Labour’s dumbed down curriculum.”
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