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East Lancashire businesses back plans for new IT lessons
5:48pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
BUSINESS and training leaders have welcomed plans to make new technology more central to the curriculum.
A new curriculum, due to be introduced in September, has been heralded as having the potential to boost trade in East Lancashire and employment for young people.
Education secretary Michael Gove has made computing a core skill, with GCSE computer science prioritised as a key subject. Technology programmes will give schools the chance to try out and experiment with cutting-edge technology like 3D printers and digital fabrication.
Children will be expected to know how computers work and how programmes are designed, as well as knowing how to use them.
Chris Lovell, study programme manager at North Lancs Training Group, said the move would create jobs and boost employment prospects.
He said: “It is a great direction to move in because it is simply keeping up with where industry is going. As technology gets more advanced, schools have to keep up.
“These days, school must prepare pupils’ technology skills ready for work, for apprenticeships and for life in general. Sometimes businesses’ expectations can be low regarding technology skills because they are often driven by what they get, rather than what they need.
“More technology in the curriculum would give a boost to businesses and pupils’ prospects.”
Chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce of East Lancashire, Mike Damms, said: “It’s absolutely spot on.
“It is a move in the right direction and shows a marked shift from seeing school as purely academic from thinking in terms of what the real world needs.
“Schoolchildren still need the basics. They need to be literate and numerical but technology will be a skill just as essential in future.
“Modern warehouses are not full of manual labourers any more, but clever computers and people who understand them.
“Industry in Lancashire approves of the changes to the curriculum and it will be exciting to see what the future brings.”
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