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Teachers unprepared for 2014 computing curriculum

Teacher say they are not ready for the new computing curriculum with 54% believing students know more than them about ICT

Teachers do not have the support they say they need to introduce the 2014 computing curriculum, a survey from MyKindaCrowd has revealed.

According to research from the social enterprise company, 54% of secondary teachers believe their students know more about ICT and computing than they do. Teachers say they need the support of government and business if they are to deliver the curriculum.

In addition, 74% of ICT teachers admitted to not having the right skills needed to deliver the curriculum, which comes into play in September 2014. Nor do they believe they have the time to learn the skills.

Over two thirds of the teachers surveyed (69%) said they do not think the government will provide enough support for them. 

Furthermore, 96% said they would welcome closer involvement from business to aid them with teaching their students relevant practical skills and knowledge.

Will Akerman, managing director of MyKindaCrowd, said: “Technology companies and organisations with a reliance on ICT skills are facing a big skills shortage.

"The new computing curriculum sets out to deliver practical knowledge to young people to provide a pipeline of ICT talent to UK businesses, but it’s clear that teachers need help to deliver this.

“Greater collaboration between business and education is vital to the success of the new computing curriculum and by forging links with schools and teachers UK businesses can take proactive steps to create the future workforce that they need.”

MP Elizabeth Truss, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Education and representatives from BT, Tata Consultancy Services, MyKindaCrowd and Computing at Schools will discuss the computing curriculum during an event in Westminster on 31 October.

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