Are schools doing enough to ensure that IT professionals of the future are fostered from the start?

The Manchester Evening News reports that when computer science became part of the national curriculum in 2014, it was regarded by many to be an explicit acknowledgement by the government about the sector’s ever-increasing importance.

The emphasis has since been placed on teaching primary school pupils how to programme and understand some of the basic principles behind digital technology.

The new computer science curriculum is also available in keys stages three and four, which allows secondary school pupils to take a GCSE in computer science.

Dr Keeley Crockett, reader in computational intelligence in the school of computing, maths and digital technology at Manchester Metropolitan University, explained: “In my opinion, the 2014 computer curriculum does to some extent prepare school and college pupils for a career or academic life in IT.

“However, technology and its applications – like the use of artificial intelligence in self driving cars – are moving faster than changes within the curriculum and in order to ensure pupils develop into adults with comparable digital skills on the international arena, the curriculum needs to be dynamic and teachers need the time and support to deliver it.”

But she believes that if creativity and excitement are to be promoted within computer science, additional support needs to be made available. She added: “For example, funded after-school clubs should be accessible to all school pupils regardless of whether they live in a rural or city location.”

Dr Crockett is fulsome in her praise for those initiatives launched to facilitate an even greater understanding of the IT sector which exist alongside the national curriculum.

For example, Moodle is a virtual learning environments (VLE) used in schools, colleges and universities to facilitate learning on multiple levels. These VLEs provide opportunities for personalised learning 24/7 on topics that pupils learn as part of a course by providing additional resources, quizzes and discussion forums – beside much more.

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  1. I think that the author of the article is right. We have to be ready to the fact that education is going to live through some drastic changes in the nearest future. Students have to change their methods of studying completely and the teachers are going to be prepared for the new teaching ways completely different. Even if it means fostering them from the start, we have to be sure that the future generation will also have some good mentors and educators to guide them through the educational process.

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