In just under a year, England will become the first country in the world to mandate computer programming in primary and secondary schools, The Telegraph reports. Children will start learning to write code when they enter school the age of five, and will not stop until at least 16, when they finish their GCSEs. By the end of key stage one, students will be expected to create and debug simple programs as well as ‘use technology safely and respectfully’. They will also be taught to understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. By the time they reach key stage 2, pupils will be taught how to design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems. They will also learn how to understand computer networks and use logical reasoning to detect and correct errors in algorithms…

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