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The most popular computing education course in the world is now available to all students.
The course, the latest incarnation of a long-running and hugely popular coding bootcamp, has just been officially launched by the UK Government.
The curriculum includes computer science, graphics and design, and will be offered to all pupils aged 11 and up.
The programme’s chief executive, James Huddleston, told The Independent that he hoped the course would help children who had struggled with the idea of coding.
“It is important that we help children get up to speed in the basics of computer science so that they can understand the potential of computing,” he said.
“If they are given a clear and accessible path of how to start their learning, they are likely to succeed.”
The first four weeks of the course, which will run from September to November, are free.
“The new online course is designed for children aged 11-14 years,” Mr Huddsons said.
He added that the Government’s support for computer science in schools had been a “very strong supporter” of his career.
“We know that this subject is an area that has a lot of potential in the UK, and we are keen to help ensure it continues to grow,” he added.
“So I am pleased to announce that this online course will be available to students across the country, and I hope it will help to encourage young people to continue learning.”
The Government has pledged to continue funding the coding bootcamps as part of its “Get to Work” programme, but many parents are now expressing concern about the impact on their childrens’ mental health.
“I am not sure that this will be beneficial to them, as it may make them feel a little bit less connected to their computer and the computer can become a source of stress,” Dr Hudd said.
The government said it would also introduce a new, more focused version of the coding course.
“Our aim is to ensure that this new curriculum is as accessible to parents as possible,” said Mr Heddleson.
“Parents can now access this course from anywhere in the country and we will also be offering additional support for families who choose not to use the new online version.”