IT contractors buoyed by coding in classrooms

IT contractors are being engaged by schools to help embed new systems and software to support the digital element of the national curriculum in England, an umbrella company says.

According to Giant, the arrival this month of Computing in classrooms has underlined to educators the fact that experts in coding and programming are “not always readily available.”

Although supply teachers are being hired where full-timers lack the IT know-how to teach the lessons, freelancers are being used to launch or upgrade the required hardware and software.

In fact, there is an “increased drive” for specialist IT contractors to “meet the less well-known pressures” now being exerted on schools’ internal systems, says Giant’s Matthew Brown.

He added: “Not every school has a dedicated IT department and the teaching of newer subjects means complex programmes have to be installed into networks.

“This often requires niche expertise that only contractors can provide. We expect to see these professionals continue to be highly sought…as schools react to the changing requirements”.

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Written by Simon Moore

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