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Curriculum experts say coding is essential in a digital economy

jane bird | financial times | 4 may 2016

PA’s Anita Chandraker, head of digital delivery, is quoted in an article in the Financial Times on coding in the school curriculum.

The article explains that coding is one of the skills that will become obsolete as artificial intelligence grows. It goes on to explain that governments believe coding skills are essential and since 2014 computer programming have featured on England’s curriculum for primary school children.

The article goes on to talk about PA’s Raspberry Pi coding competition which has been running for four years.

Anita explains that she began her career as a programmer. She says that the lack of coders holds PA back: “It’s very hard to find the people we need to achieve our target growth.” 

The article goes on to explain that as a result, PA runs a competition for pupils aged 7-18 that challenges them to create devices, games or apps to develop their coding skills. “Children should be exposed to programming and understand what it is and the difference between, say, programs to control a robot compared with creating a website,” says Anita.

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