UK ambitious to win global education race says Truss

Education and Childcare Minister believes computing curriculum part of ambitious plans for UK to become world-leader in education.

The UK is on the right track to leading the way in global education race, with the new computing curriculum at the forefront, according to the Education and Childcare Minister.

Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss spoke about social mobility, the economy and education reform at the Oxford Conference in Education at St John’s College in Oxford recently.

On the importance of the new computing curriculum beginning in UK schools this September, she said: “Design and technology will expose children to the most exciting new technologies - while computing will give them the technical ability to innovate and create in a digital world.”

According to Truss is should not be the UK’s ambition to catch up countries such as Germany and Poland, on terms of education, but to overtake them: “Not just to learn from the Asian tigers but to surpass them - do it better, smarter, more creatively. Take our fantastic cultural heritage and combine it with the most advanced computing and science.

“We have the potential in this country to achieve so much,” she added.

During her speech Truss said she believes the UK should “out-educate” the rest of the world, but that this is not an overnight job.  

“But I am convinced we are on the right track and we can get there. If we get education right, we have the economic conditions for a boom in social mobility - a vast increase in the number of high-end jobs, and a greater future for all of us,” said Truss.

The end of 2013 saw a survey reveal from My KindCrowd which found teachers believe they do not have the support needed to introduce the 2014 computing curriculum.

According to research 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, nor do they believe they have the time to learn the skills.

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