Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has raised concerns about the length of time that pupils are expected to study computing in England's schools under the new curriculum. Speaking to TES, Mr Wales questioned whether students should study the subject from age 5-14 as dictated by the reformed curriculum, which was brought into effect this month. "I have some caution about how optional it is, particularly when you look at how many years [young people] will be expected to study it," Mr Wales said. "Everyone should be exposed to it and a little bit of programming can really ramp up your skill level, but that doesn't mean you have to become a master programmer." Mr Wales will present a talk to pupils on 1 October as part of the Future of Innovation, Connectivity and Discovery series with charity Speakers for Schools. To watch the speech live from 2pm and for details of more talks in the series, visit www.tesconnect.comJimmyWales
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