TIGA: Policy makers must raise maths standards

TIGA: Policy makers must raise maths standards
Aaron Lee

By Aaron Lee

January 31st 2013 at 4:20PM

Trade body backs creator of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee on the importance of computer science

TIGA has called for policy makers to focus on raising standards in maths education for children to help ensure there are more skilled workers available to the industry.

The trade body made the comments in response to the creator of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s comments on computing education.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Berners-Lee said coding can give children the ability to do “whatever they can imagine” with a computer.

“Policy makers should continue to focus on raising standards in mathematics and the sciences at GCSE and A-level and promoting the uptake of these subjects by students in order to increase the potential supply of graduates available to work in the industry,” said TIGA CEO Dr Richard Wilson. “There are encouraging signs: 2012 saw an increase in the numbers of STEM students at A Level and GCSE, with mathematics and physics now in the top ten A level subjects.”

Attention has once again returned to the issue of games education this week.

The Next Gen Skills council, the independent campaign set up to improve the computer programming skills needed for the future growth of our economy, released figures which show that the skills gap continues to widen in the UK.

And the Department of Education revealed that the computer science will be introduced to the English Baccalaureate, which is currently being trialled in selected schools in the country.