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Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announces £1.3m to expand coding in schools

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced £1.3 million in new funding to connect Welsh pupils with coding.

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There are currently around 300 coding clubs across Wales where young people are taught how to use a set of rules or instructions to create computer software, apps and websites.

Around 1.5 million jobs exist in the digital sector in the UK, 400,000 of which involve coding. It is estimated that there will be 100,000 new coding jobs by 2020.

Changes to the curriculum mean digital skills will now be used through all parts of a pupil's schooling and not only in ICT or computer science classes.

The plan will have a specific focus on encouraging stronger relationships between business and industry to support the development of coding skills.

  • The aim of the plan is to:
  • Encourage parents to get involved in coding and the development of digital skills;
  • Welsh medium support and resources;
  • Getting more girls interested in coding and technology.

fCode is part of almost everyone's lives. When we check out social media, access an app or computer we are using systems created through code. It is an essential building block of our modern world and I want to make sure as many of our young people have knowledge of it as they develop their digital skills.

– Kirsty Williams, Education Secretary