IET: Overhauling the ICT curriculum

Dr Martyn Thomas CBE from the Institution of Engineering and Technology said: “This is an excellent and overdue change and it is vital that it is backed up with professional training and support for the teachers who will deliver the new curriculum.

“We have the opportunity this decade, with smartphones and apps, to inspire a new generation of software engineers in the way that the BBC Micro did in the 1980s. But it will be important to teach students that professional software engineering is as big a step up from school programming as civil engineering is from Lego.

“The new curriculum will go some way to introduce students to 'computational thinking', which is as important for biologists and bankers as it is for computer scientists and software engineers."