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Digital Competence Framework

Digital Competence Framework


Digital competence is the set of skills, knowledge and attitudes that enable the confident, creative and critical use of technologies and systems. It is essential for learners if they are to be informed, capable and have the potential to be successful in today’s society.


Digital competence is one of three cross-curricular responsibilities, alongside literacy and numeracy; it focuses on developing digital skills which can be applied to a wide range of subjects and scenarios that are transferrable to the world of work.


The DCF sets out the digital skills to be attained by learners aged between 3 and 16 across four strands.

› Citizenship.

› Interacting and collaborating.

› Producing.

› Data and computational thinking.


Each strand is split into a number of elements, as shown below.

CitizenshipInteracting and CollaboratingProducingData and Computational Thinking

› Identity, image and reputation

› Health and well-being

› Digital rights licensing and ownership

› Online behaviour and cyberbullying

› Communication

› Collaboration

› Storing and sharing

› Planning, sourcing and searching

› Creating

› Evaluating and improving

› Problem solving and modelling

› Data and information literacy