Education for Engineering (E4E), the engineering profession’s voice on education and skills welcomes the Education Secretary’s letter, released today, that states that Design and Technology (D&T) and ICT remain in the National Curriculum for primary schools in England.

But this is not enough. E4E urges the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP to also retain D&T in the secondary National Curriculum. Otherwise this will inevitably lead to schools adopting a minimal approach as they will only focus on Core and English Baccalaureate subjects.

Chair of Education for Engineering (E4E) Dick Olver FREng said,

“This is exactly the right signal that the Secretary of State should be sending to schools and we applaud his decision. We support the government in getting the basics right, but we need much more focus on technology through all levels of education if the UK is to ensure a sustainable recovery for the economy. The UK needs to prepare young people for a future deeply embedded in technology and the provision of excellent teaching of both D&T and ICT in primary and secondary schools is crucial to this aspiration.”

The engineering community will be providing the support that government requires to develop the appropriate curricula – it is widely acknowledged that improvements are needed.

Notes for editors

  1. E4E is the body through which the engineering profession offers coordinated and clear advice on education to UK Government and the devolved Assemblies. It deals with all aspects of learning that underpin engineering. It is hosted by The Royal Academy of Engineering with a wide membership drawn from the professional engineering community including all of the professional engineering institutions.
  2. The letter from Rt Hon Michael Gove MP to Tim Oates, Chair of the Curriculum Review Expert Panel can be found at:
    www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/nationalcurriculum/b0075667/national-curriculum-review-update

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