'Skills Review still on the table' - Vaizey

'Skills Review still on the table' - Vaizey

By Rob Crossley

May 12th 2011 at 3:23PM

Computer science could still be part of the national curriculum, minister claims

Hopes remain high for implementation of the Livingstone-Hope Skills Review, according to Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

However, the Conservative minister suggested that little progress has been made to the paper since its introduction in February.

“We’ve set up a task force, which I’m going to be part of and we can examine how much progress has been made,” he told Develop.

The widely-applauded Skills Review made twenty proposals for how academia can adapt to the modern age of technology-lead creative industries.

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The Skills Review’s headline proposal is to incorporate computer science into Britain’s national curriculum “as an essential discipline”.

Vaizey implied that even this big call still had a chance of being implemented.

“I wouldn’t say any of the proposals are off the table,” he said.

“Obviously a lot of the proposals require implementation, so for example, the proposal to recruit high quality teachers for computer science requires a lot of planning, so some ideas are long-term and others are quick fixes.

“Whether or not computer science will be part of the national curriculum… well, we’re undertaking a curriculum review and we’ll see what the outcome is.”

Vaizey was speaking at Creative Assembly’s Horsham studio at the unveiling of its next Alien project.