IT in schools has become a core subject, especially in the younger generation, especially with a focus on the Primary School age, with 5 year old's grasping the basics of coding, which is wonderful, but what happens when the hormones hit and suddenly at the age of 13 you have to decide what you want to do with your life?
Is IT exciting?
Is IT Consulting a job you see yourself doing as a career?
We need to engage these young people and find the hook to keep them interested and motivated in IT.
The focus and funding must be on training the best teachers to do this.
We all know a good teacher will influence you and your decisions for the rest of your life.
If not.....well it does not bear thinking about!
The British Computing Society warned “the number studying for a computing qualification could halve by 2020”, adding should this happen, it would be a “disaster for the economy”. Debbie Tunstall, head of education programmes at the Cyber Security Challenge UK, emailed SC Media UK: “There is still a severe lack of understanding of careers in the area by parents and teachers, who are the main influencers on young people when they consider careers during education.” The BCS told the BBC, “It is unrealistic to expect teachers of ICT to turn into teachers of computer science without significant training and support – and despite initiatives from organisations like Computing At School there has just not been enough funding to usher in this revolution.”