EDUCATION: Computing curriculum to include coding

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As of September 2014 the computing curriculum in England will be changed to include coding. Ahead of the change every teacher in England will be offered a free online coding course, amidst fears of schools being unprepared for its introduction to the classroom next year.

This change will see England become the first country in the world to make computer programming compulsory for primary and secondary school students, beginning at the age of five, writing code will be taught until the end of their GCSEs, at the age of 16.

Codecademy, based in New York, whom confirmed the agreement with Computing at School (CAS), the body responsible for the computing curriculum,
has warned that many schools in England have not begun thinking about the changes.

Leng Lee, Head of Operations at Codecademy, said that,

‘To get teachers in schools ready and with the resources they need is obviously going to be very difficult […] There’s major concern around the primary schools and how they’re getting ready for it because a lot of their teachers are generalist teachers who have to worry about a lot of different subject areas. So there’s no one really with the background in primary schools to take care of it’.

The courses that will be offered to all teachers will be specifically designed in-line with the new curriculum, allowing them to learn coding for themselves or provide them with a way to teach coding to their students.

Codecademy and CAS said that this move will make England ‘the educational envy of almost every other country in the world’.

Simon Peyton-Jones, Chair of CAS, commented,

‘The UK has tens of thousands of teachers who need support and encouragement to deliver the new computing curriculum with confidence and enthusiasm […] Codecademy offers us the scalability of an online platform, and teachers can move smoothly from learning programming themselves to teach their students, I’m delighted to have this support.’

Source: The Telegraph


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