Education secretary Michael Gove has stressed the importance of changes to the way staff in teacher jobs educate children about computing to pupils' future prospects.
In the new national curriculum, to be implemented as of September 2014, ICT will be replaced with computing at all key stages, as the focus of lessons is switched from simply learning to use programmes to teaching children to create new ones as well.
Speaking to Computing magazine, Mr Gove said that no one knows precisely what skills children will need to learn in future, but the impact of new technologies on all sectors of the economy makes it vital pupils are prepared for using them.
He asserted that all young people in the 21st century "will need to be equally comfortable with reading, writing and programming; understanding not just how to work a computer, but how a computer works".
Mr Gove said the new curriculum would give children grounding in areas of computer science such as computational logic, algorithms and data representation, adding that the level of ambition expressed in these reforms "is unashamedly high".
Posted by Alan Douglas