The teaching of information and communications technology (ICT) is inadequate in a fifth of secondary schools in England, Ofsted says. It is also stated that teachers lack the know how to teach demanding topics satisfactory such as databases and programming. As a consequence, the number of pupils taking ICT courses has decreased dramatically since 2007.
Chief inspector Miriam Rosen said "[…] Schools should provide a range of ICT courses that are suitably matched to students' needs, support them with their learning and prepare them for higher education and for skilled work in a technological age."
According to Schools Minister Nick Gibb, too many young people were not being equipped with the skills and knowledge they needed for further study and the workplace. He said "We are looking very carefully at ICT as part of the national curriculum review and have listened closely to the computing industry's calls for more rigorous computer science courses to help tackle the skills shortages facing high-tech industries."