The Department for Education has today announced that Computer Science will be included as a optional science on the English Baccalaureate.

The EBacc requires pupils to get good GCSE grades in core subjects – English, maths, sciences, a humanities and language. This means Computer Science will now be included as one of the science options that count towards this measure.  We believe that this makes Computer Science a recognised discipline in its own right, and will transform the status and take up of the subject across the country.

As you will know, this was a major recommendation of the Next Gen report http://www.nesta.org.uk/library/documents/NextGenv32.pdf and has been advocated by the campaign and campaign members, including the Creative Industries Council Skills Group.

Responding to the news that Computer Science will be considered a subject on the English Baccalaureate, Ian Livingstone CBE, co-chair of Next Gen Skills said:

“Getting Computer Science accepted as a subject on the English Baccalaureate could be transformational. It is a huge victory for the Next Gen Skills campaign and our partners. Computer Science is now officially the 4th science, on a par with the other sciences, and a core subject for children to learn. This will help ensure that this country produces a new generation of digital makers, not just for the games industry, but for all creative and digital industries. The legacy of Alan Turing lives on!”

Dr Jo Twist, CEO of games trade body Ukie, which funded the Next Gen Skills campaign, said:

“It is great that the Government has listened to the many voices calling for a reboot of Computer Science learning in schools.  This is fantastic news for the games industry, which has backed change right from the start.”