'Computing our future' report

The 2015 updated report about the school curricula and coding initiatives across Europe. The report looks at training provision for teachers and formal and informal coding initiatives. The findings are based on a survey with 21 Ministries of Education.

Executive summary:

Many educators, as well as parents, economists and politicians in Europe and worldwide are starting to think that students need some computing and coding skills.

One rationale is the shortage of ICT-skilled employees: By 2020, Europe may experience a shortage of more than 800,000 professionals skilled in computing/informatics. Another important rationale is that coding skills help to understand today’s digitalised society and foster 21st century skills like problem solving, creativity and logical thinking.

In October 2014, European Schoolnet published its first major report providing an overview of a wide range of coding initiatives across Europe, in both formal and informal learning environments. In the last year, coding in schools continued to be a worldwide trend and major European countries like France and Spain have just introduced it in their curricula this year. This report represents an updated overview of the formal integration of coding in school curricula across Europe, illustrated with examples of curricula inte- gration by country. The report also looks at training provisions for teachers and highlights a broad spectrum of formal and informal coding initiatives offered to students. The findings are based on a survey with 21 Ministries of Education (from 20 European countries and Israel), which gave an overview of their current initiatives and plans.

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