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IT lessons are boring, say school children

Study looks for ways to spice up GCSEs

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School children are passing on a career in computing because IT lessons at school are boring, says the Royal Society.

Research by the UK's national academy of science revealed the number of IT GCSEs being taken has fallen by a third in the past three years. The number of teens studying for A-Level ICT has also fallen by a third since 2003.

As a result, the Royal Society is conducting a year-long study into how the curriculum and exams can be improved to encourage more students to take the subjects. More than 20 computing organisations, including Google and the Royal Academy of Engineering, are backing the study.

"We are now watching the enthusiasm of the next generation waste away through poorly conceived courses and syllabuses," Professor Steve Furber, who is chairing the 'Computing in schools and its importance and implications for the economic and scientific well-being of the UK' study, told the BBC.

"If we cannot address the problem of how to educate our young people in inspirational and appropriate ways, we risk a future workforce that is totally unskilled and unsuited to tomorrow's job market."

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  • Janet Shelley I totally accept the comments made by the Royal Society regarding IT lessons in school being boringI have been employed in technical roles within the IT industry since my early 20s I started when Edlin and DOS was our diagnosis tools IT was exciting and challenging and the career opportunities were vast Since then my 2 children have grown up and both have been through secondary school During this time I believe that the only thing that they had in common was that they hated IT with a passionThis was not due to a lack of encouragement that I offered at home or my enthusiasm for the industry it was purely because they spent month after month year after year working on an Excel spreadsheet they did not even have the opportunity to remove a casing and discuss the internal workings Both my children are IT literate they occasionally put me to shame but the grades they achieved at school was extremely disappointingThere is definitely more to IT than Excel and it would be brilliant if someone with enthusiasm rather than Microsoft Office could write a syllabus which is inspirational for our new generation of IT experts
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