Next Gen Skills is a major campaign formed from an alliance between the biggest names from the UK digital, creative and hi-tech industries and the UK’s leading skills and educational bodies to improve the computer programming skills needed for the future growth of the UK’s economy.
As businesses increasingly rely on technology and computing, the UK has the potential to maintain a global high-tech leader. However, we need to improve our education system to ensure that our talent pool is sufficient to drive high-tech growth.
Next Gen Skills’ vision is for the UK’s education system to equip the next generation with the knowledge needed to grow this country’s digital, creative and high-tech economy.
Since our launch in November 2011, Next Gen Skills has led the way in arguing for the reform of the way Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is taught in schools, so we can make space for an education which includes the principles of Computer Science.
As a result of the campaign:
Computing will replace ICT on the National Curriculum from September 2014.
Computer Science will be considered a science subject on the English Baccalaureate.
The campaign continues to argue for more investment in teachers and for these subjects to be taught creativity, i.e. with reference to Art, Design and the humanities – “STEAM not STEM.”
On 19th October 2012 we welcomed the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove’s announcement of extra government funding for Computer science teachers.
On 9th July 2012 Next Gen Skills launched it’s Get Schools Coding Call to Action for policy makers to promote digital skills in their local area.