The demand for computing skills and knowledge is growing – the nation’s economy depends on it, and young people must be equipped with the necessary skills for the future. Data and digital technologies promise revolutionary transformational changes across the full range of industry sectors and spheres of life. This unprecedented digital revolution will impact everyone. It will have extraordinary implications on the range of skills that today’s young people will require in every aspect of their lives.
Computing education must enable young people to continue to keep up with the pace of technological change so that they can remain effective, well-informed and safe citizens. However, our evidence shows that computing education across the UK is patchy and fragile. Its future development and sustainability depend on swift and coordinated action by governments, industry, and non-profit organisations.
Neglecting the opportunities to act would risk damaging both the education of future generations and our economic prosperity as a nation. The Royal Society’s report, After the reboot: computing education in UK schools, provides a snapshot of the changes that have taken place since the introduction of the computing curriculum in 2014 and examines the impact of these changes across the UK.