Kevin Brennan MP, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister, responding to the abolition of the Technology Policy Unit at the Department for Education, said:
“The Government must take technology education seriously. It is no good announcing a major overhaul of the ICT curriculum and then sacking the team responsible for implementing it.
“We cannot rely on an old fashioned approach of chalk and talk. Ofsted’s review into ICT showed that there is still a huge amount to do to ensure the curriculum meets the needs of our technology industries. In January, Michael Gove promised a new approach to technology policy with support from the Government. Today’s news signals their true intentions.
“Supporting technology education is critical for future jobs and growth. This Government has already closed down BECTA, the body responsible for spreading good practice in the use of ICT in education. Michael Gove seems intent on promoting an analogue curriculum in a digital age.”