In our Policy Priorities document, our submission to Maggie Philbin’s digital Task Force, and in all our informal communications, we have stressed the importance of a medium/long-term, appropriately funded programme of CPD for teachers aligned to the new curriculum. This is a critical part of any overall government strategy around increasing the digital skills of the UK workforce. We are currently undertaking our own survey of schools to ascertain how ready they are to deliver the new curriculum in September 2015, where we believe that adequate CPD will in many cases be a pre-requisite to readiness.
A new House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills was recently announced, chaired by Baroness Sally Morgan, outgoing chair of Ofsted. The text of the Call For evidence is included below. The embedded link to a YouTube video by Baroness Morgan outlines their focus.
UKForCE will of course make a submission as almost all the issues Baroness Morgan highlights for investigation are within or adjacent to our remit.
“The world is changing and we need to prepare our children for it….we are already late”
Mooli Eden, Senior VP Intel Corporation
I attended this conference at the invitation of INTEL and following a nomination from the DfE as a member of ETAG and chair of the DfE expert group involved in the reform of the ICT national curriculum.
The journalist and broadcaster Maggie Philbin was commissioned by Ed Miliband towards the end of 2013 to report on the Digital Skills needs of the UK. The report will be published shortly and made available to all political parties. In May, UKForCE made a submission in response to the task force’s call for evidence. Our full response is here.