Event: An ICT Revolution? Introducing Computer Science in Schools: The Opportunities and Challenges

An ICT Revolution? Introducing Computer Science in Schools: The Opportunities and Challenges


Wednesday 18th April

6.30pm to 7.30pm, followed by a reception

  Download: An ICT Revolution – Note of Event


Alex Hope OBE, Co-author of the ‘Next Gen’ Report and CEO of Double Negative,

a VFX firm (special effects for films such as Inception and Iron Man http://www.dneg.com/)

Dr Peter Dickman, Engineering Manager, Google

Dr Mike Short, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Dr Jo Twist, Chief Executive of the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE)

Dr Eben Upton, Founder of Raspberry Pi, Technical Director at Broadcom Europe

Hannah Broadbent, Policy and Research Officer, Childnet


Andrew Miller MP, Vice-chair of PICTFOR


Macmillan Room

Portcullis House

The Houses of Parliament



Please note, places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The main entrance to Portcullis House is on the Victoria Embankment, Westminster (see below for a map link).

Please allow approximately 20 minutes to clear security.


Event Description:

As businesses increasingly rely on technology and computing, the UK has the opportunity to become a global, hi-tech leader if we ensure what we teach in schools reflects this aspiration.

However, the recent Livingstone Hope ‘Next Gen’ review of creative industry skills highlighted that computer programming and coding, the most important skill required to create the digital devices and software of the future, is not currently on the national curriculum. The review also found that the current ICT curriculum focuses on using existing software packages – but not creating them.

The Department for Education has been undertaking consultation on withdrawing the existing National Curriculum Programme of Study for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) from September this year and replacing it with a modern alternative.

This event will discuss perspectives on how industry, government and educators can develop innovative, exciting and rigorous new ICT and Computer Science offers, in advance of the launch of the new National Curriculum in 2014. Gathering together key advocates from digital industries, the group will explore what key public policy challenges must be overcome in order to make a modern education in Computer Programming a reality in our classrooms.

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