IT contractors are being brought into schools to help launch a section of the curriculum aimed at improving IT skills in the classroom.

A survey by umbrella employment specialists, giant group, found that IT contractors are increasingly being called upon to help install new systems and computer programmes and upgrade existing ones to ensure they meet the new standards put in place by changes to the syllabus.

The report shows 79% of contractors within the education sector expect their earnings to increase or stay the same next year, a growth of 5% from last year. This figure is partially attributed to the addition of new subjects to the curriculum, such as coding and programming, put in place to try to deal with the shortfall of skills taught in the classroom.

Matthew Brown, managing director of umbrella employment specialist, giant group, said: 

“Recent additions to the national curriculum have heightened demand for supply teachers who can handle subjects where schools have struggled to hire permanent staff. This isn’t surprising as experts in subjects such as coding, programming and 3D printing are not always readily available and, consequently, supply teachers are being utilised to help to plug the gaps.

“However, we’ve also noted an increased drive from the education sector for specialist IT contractors who are being used to meet the less well known pressures that are being placed on schools’ own internal systems.”

Not every school has a dedicated IT department and the introduction of new subjects means complex programmes need to be installed.  Mr Brown said contractors have the niche skills required for the job.

He concluded:

“We expect to see these professionals continue to be highly sought after as schools react to the changing requirements brought about by the additions to the national curriculum.”

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