Framework designed to introduce digital competence into curriculum announced

A new framework designed to introduce digital competence right across the curriculum will be available to schools by September 2016, Education Minister Huw Lewis has announced.

The framework builds on recommendations mentioned in the independent review of ICT in Wales and Professor Graham Donaldson’s review of Curriculum and Assessment arrangements in Wales. The latter was published by the Welsh Government in March.

Both reports make it clear that digital competence will be central to a young person’s success in life, although the minister has yet to formally respond to Professor Donaldson’s report.

The education minister says he wants to progress work to develop a new Digital Competence Framework that will help schools embed digital competency into their teaching and learning from September 2016.

The Digital Competence Framework will be produced through a partnership working between the Welsh Government, leading schools in the field that will be awarded Digital Pioneer status and experts from higher education and industry.

It’ll enable schools that are already at the forefront of embedding digital competence into their teaching and learning to share their best practice across Wales, boding well for the digital age.

The minister said: “After considering Professor Donaldson’s report, alongside the findings of the independent review of ICT, and early findings of our Great Debate, I have decided that an effective and consistent approach to teaching digital learning competence is too vital for both our young people and our economy to delay.

“I will therefore be asking our regional consortia to identify a small group of those schools and practitioners already leading the way on the digital agenda so they can help us to design and develop our new Digital Competence Framework, both by drawing on their own experiences and on international best practice.

“Through partnership working we have a real opportunity to build a world class approach to digital competence here in Wales and I will be asking these Digital Pioneer schools to work alongside businesses and educational leaders, including our National Digital Learning Council and employers such Microsoft.“

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