Tech chief welcomes Gove decision
One of Britain's leading tech entrepreneurs has welcomed a decision by Michael Gove to include Computer Science in the new EBacc qualification.
Ian Livingstone, Life President of Eidos, the firm behind hit game Tomb Raider, said the decision would be a huge boost for Britain's economy.
The Education Secretary has agreed to include computer science in his new EBacc qualification, following studies showing the subject is crucial to the UK's future.
Mr Gove today gave the go-ahead for the move after a science alliance including the Royal Society and tech giants Google and Facebook argued that the subject would improve the rigour of the new exam set to replace GCSEs.
Mr Livingstone said: “Computer Science becoming the 4th science on the English Baccalaureate is likely to be transformational for this country. Enabling children to become digital makers as well as digital users is like them learning to write as well as read.
"From problem solving to writing code, Computer Science will help ensure that this country produces a new generation of digital makers, not just for the games industry, but for all creative and digital industries, and help drive the economy.”
A spokesman for Google also welcomed the news, saying: "Today's announcement that computer science will be part of the EBacc marks a significant further investment in the next generation of British computer scientists.'
Last October, a panel of technology experts called for the inclusion of computer science in the English Baccalaureate and PoliticsHome understands Mr Gove was impressed by the case they made.
There have been several lobbying campaigns to add further subjects to the EBacc- including arts and religious education - but this is the first time that the Education Secretary has agreed to add an extra subject to the 'core' of English, maths, science, one humanity and a language.
A senior DfE source told PoliticsHome there would not be any more changes to the EBacc before 2015.
"There is a specific rationale for Computer Science that does not apply elsewhere. However, everybody should remember that the EBacc is just a league table measure. Anybody that wants to calculate their own version of the EBacc - say, including Music GCSE - can get the National Pupil Database from the Department, work it out and publish it. The more data out there the better."