Digital competence is the set of knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable the confident, creative and critical use of technologies and systems. It is essential for children and young people, if they are to be informed, capable and have the potential to be successful in today’s society.
The Digital Competence Framework (DCF) has been under development since the Summer of 2015, after a decision was taken to fast-track its development and make it available for schools and settings from September 2016. The aim is that the new curriculum could be available to schools from as early as September 2018 and used to support learning and teaching in settings and schools across Wales from September 2021.
The DCF has been designed to encapsulate the skills that will help learners thrive in an increasingly digital world. It will improve digital competence by helping integrate digital skills across the curriculum. Learners will apply digital skills to a wide range of scenarios that can be transferred to the world of work.
The framework has been developed by practitioners from Digital Pioneer Schools, drawing on research, including consideration of existing regional and international frameworks. It has been designed to be a useful tool for schools and other settings to develop learners’ digital skills and to facilitate and strengthen learning across the curriculum.
An engagement exercise on the draft DCF is currently underway. It includes the opportunity to attend DCF events arranged by Regional Consortia, and complete a brief feedback questionnaire. At this point the DCF is available in spreadsheet format, however an interactive, online DCF is under development. A short video animation of the interactive framework has been produced to demonstrate how it will work in practice.
The DCF will continue to evolve as work on developing the new curriculum, as expressed through the 6 Areas of Learning and Experiences, continues.
If you are interested in attending an engagement event and wish to complete the feedback questionnaire, please contact your Regional Consortium (external link):