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ICT should be rebranded, report urges

07/10/2013 Joanna
ICT should be overhauled in order to make the subject more relevant, a new report has stated.

A steering group headed up by Stuart Arthur from Box UK, Tom Crick from Cardiff Metropolitan University and Janet Hayward, headteacher at Cadoxton Primary School, has looked into the issue within the context of the Welsh education system. 

In a wide-ranging review, the group considered whether or not ICT needs to be rebranded and if skills such as creative problem solving should be introduced into the school curriculum. 

Education secretary Huw Lewis conceded there are concerns over the number of youngsters who are not "seeing the value in pursuing a career in ICT" because of outdated views on its relevance. 

"It's ... of great importance what is currently being taught is relevant to the global economy of the future. We will now take time to consider the report's findings in the context of our wider review of assessment and the national curriculum," he added.

Mr Lewis also confirmed there will be no changes to the performance thresholds planned for school reporting procedures in 2013-14 for Wales.

One of the main issues considered was how digital literacy should be viewed as the starting point for learners as they need to be taught to be creative.

As part of the proposals, the report's authors suggested creating a new subject called computing, which could then be grouped with the three sciences. They added people need logic, creativity and com­munication skills if they want to have a career in IT. 

"We feel strongly that ICT has lost its meaning and become synonymous with word processing and spreadsheets ... we will have an opportunity to improve these perceptions," the authors stated. 

By following through with the recommendations made in the report, its writers think Wales has the opportunity to develop a system that is "truly world class". 

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