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Recently this April, the publication of The Rose Report led by Sir Jim Rose, former director of inspection for Ofsted, concluded that Information Communication Technology should be placed at the forefront of the United Kingdom primary school curriculum. It has been proposed that communication technology should be placed on the same pedestal of the main pillars of education, numeracy and literacy. Currently statistics state that only twenty five to thirty percent of primary children can use information technology well. In the new dawn of a rapidly digitised age in information, a focus on modernised learning is paramount. The report argues that the subject should be taught discretely and be eased into or used in conjunction with a variety of subjects across the curriculum by the end of Key Stage Two. The wide scale dissemination of information within a timeless cyber capsule means that young students will need to know how to intelligently and methodologically select, process, find and refine this large amount of data, whilst also being able to manipulate, communicate and share it across the internet.

Naace, the association for ICT teachers in Britain back the report, whilst also suggesting that teachers should also be given the training and support needed to ensure the subject is taught effectively. New age media including Twitter, podcasting, wikis and blogs will be taught within schools, as they are the main portals for information to be exchanged and shared, whilst also providing a civic forum for people to express through their penmanship. However, the report clearly states that this proposal is not about teaching the young about the latest fashions, but rather how to be well equipped to approach and use this technology. There are scientific and social advantages to teaching ICT as it is known to enhance pupil performance. Chris Bayne acting head of Murdishaw West Community Primary School told the Guardian paper that podcasting for example has helped his pupil’s listening, speaking and writing skills, whilst also boosting their confidence to engage and interact with a range of actors face to face.

Various schools have adopted the method. For instance, Torriano Junior School in Kentish Town London follow a values based curriculum, including citizenship and ICT such as podcasting and video-conferencing. The Arts is also emphasised for its communicative and creative expression. Despite these advances, it has been stressed by teachers that new social media sites such as blogging should not jeopardize the importance of good grammar; a lifelong skill required for all professions in the future.

 

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