Information and communications technology (ICT) is taught as a subject in its own right, as well as an integral part of other subjects. Pupils work towards the ISEB certificate, concentrating on learning transferable skills and building up a portfolio of work. Touch-typing is taught from year 4, using the EnglishType course which is recommended by the British Dyslexia Institute.
The UK is the test bed for the most ambitious attempt yet to get children coding, with changes to the national curriculum. ICT – Information and Communications Technology – is out, replaced by a new “computing” curriculum including coding lessons for children as young as five.
ICT used to focus purely on computer literacy – teaching pupils, over and over again, how to word-process, how to work a spreadsheet, how to use programs already creaking into obsolescence; about as much use as teaching children to send a telex or travel in a zeppelin. Our new curriculum teaches children computer science, information technology and digital literacy: teaching them how to code,and how to create their own programs; not just how to work a computer, but how a computer works and how to make it work for you.