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IT contractors are being drafted in to schools to help embed new systems as a result of changes to the national curriculum, according to giant group.

The umbrella employment specialist’s latest analysis found that IT contractors are being called upon to help install new systems and programmes and upgrade existing ones into schools to ensure they’re able to meet the demand caused by changes to the syllabus.

According to Matthew Brown, managing director of giant group, “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 teaching of newer subjects means complex programmes have to be installed into networks. This often requires niche expertise that only contractors can provide. 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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