Computing prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which they work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. Pupils use ICT to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. ICT promotes initiative and independent learning, with pupils being able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to its best effect.
High-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
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