This morning, alongside Hugh Milward, Policy Director for Microsoft UK, and Mike Warriner, Engineering Director for Google UK, I gave oral evidence to Baroness Sally Morgan’s Select Committee on Digital Skills. The session was recorded and starts approximately 1hr 9mins through the following video clip (the first hour of the clip is an earlier evidence session with three other panelists) – http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=15870.
The questions were wide-ranging including such unknowables as “which technology will have the most significance for the UK over the next 15 years?”. However, there was also significant opportunity to talk about the importance of the new computing curriculum and other educational areas such as later life apprenticeships, after school clubs and computer science modules for non-specialists at undergrad level.
I have the sense that the Committee understand the importance of the new computing curriculum and, specifically, ensuring that teachers are equipped to deliver the curriculum as a creative, engaging and high-quality experience.
In particular, all three panelists were very strong on the importance of CPD and technical support for teachers.
UKForCE will make a written submission before September 5th restating and expanding upon some of my oral evidence.
We look forward to seeing the Select Committee’s report to Government in the Spring of 2015.
Chris Mairs is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Chair of UKForCE