In the latest stage of the Welsh government’s programme to improve ICT teaching, staff can give their views as part of an open consultation.
“Computer science touches upon all three of my education priorities: literacy, numeracy and bridging the gap,” said Wales’s education minister Leighton Andrews. “It equips learners with the problem-solving skills so important in life and work.
“The value of computational thinking, problem-solving skills and information literacy is huge, across all subjects in the curriculum. I therefore believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn concepts and principles from computer science.
“Indeed, computing is a high priority area for growth in Wales. The future supply and demand for science, technology and mathematics graduates is essential if Wales is to compete in the global economy.
“It is therefore vitally important that every child in Wales has the opportunity to study computer science.”
Teachers have until May 10 to fill in the online survey on the Learning Wales website.
The information will feed into a review by the Welsh government’s ICT Steering Group, which was set up in January to “take forward consideration of the future of computer science and ICT in schools”.
The group is currently considering recommendations for its wider review of ICT and computer science education in Wales. To complete the survey visit http://learning.wales.gov.uk