Anti-Hacking Lessons are Coming to the School Curriculum

By Gary Cutlack on at

The government is hoping that the youth of the nation might one day end up doing more with technology than holding YouTube in front of their pale, expressionless faces for 16 hours a day, and is putting £20m into a new tech programme to educate kids in the ways of cyber security in the belief that we might end up with some talented future keyboard warriors.

The Cyber Curriculum will come to a selection of schools this September, when the extracurricular Cyber Schools Programme launches. The good news for existing teachers is that it'll be operated by external instructors, so poor old Mrs Hampton the art teacher won't suddenly be told she has to teach a load of kids about the intricacies of firewalls.

Kids between 14 and 18 are the target, with the hope that nearly 6,000 of them might be trained up in cyber specialities by the year 2021.

DCMS minister Matt Hancock said: "This forward-thinking programme will see thousands of the best and brightest young minds given the opportunity to learn cutting-edge cyber security skills alongside their secondary school studies. We are determined to prepare Britain for the challenges it faces now and in the future and these extracurricular clubs will help identify and inspire future talent." [BBC]

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