Computer gurus welcome adviser’s call for an ITC curriculum change

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computer games experts at Sheffield Hallam University have welcomed a Government adviser’s backing for a campaign for programming to be taught in schools.

Charles Armstrong is chief executive of award winning social behaviour software specialist Trampoline Systems.

Mr Armstrong is also behind the Tech City Map project, launched by David Cameron last month.

He says the teaching of Information and Communications Technology in schools does little more than show children how to use mainstream software.

“All of our children should be, at least, given the opportunity to learn how to code from an early age,” says Mr Armstrong.

“Computer programming is like music and every child will benefit in some way from being taught the basics.”

The campaign for schools to teach programming was launched by Ian Livingstone, co-founder of Games Workshop and life president of computer games company Eidos, together with Alex Hope, founder and managing director of computer animation and video effects company Double Negative.

Since then, the campaign has been joined by companies such as Google, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Sega, Electronic Arts, Activision and Talk Talk.

Bob Steele and Jake Habgood from Sheffield Hallam’s highly successful Games Software Development department have also called for programming to be taught in school.

Welcoming Charles Armstrong’s intervention in the debate, Mr Habgood said: “We absolutely agree with the call to see a lot more programming going on in school.

“It would improve the calibre of students when they arrive at the university and when they graduate.”