NI primary schools benefit from innovative computing resources

  • The Barefoot computing programme is being designed to help teachers bring computer science to life in the classroom, has reached nearly half of all Northern Irish primary schools.

    More than 1,400 teachers in 49 percent of schools have officially registered for the programme, founded by BT and supported by Computing at School (part of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT). The resources are available to all primary schools and will equip teachers with the confidence and knowledge to teach computer science to pupils from 5-11 years old.

    The programme has been delivered for free across nearly 400 primary schools which will aim to encourage students to access computational skills and to improve their overall maths, science and literacy.

    "The Barefoot programme has really brought computer science to life and made it both accessible and engaging for all the children. As teachers, we have been able to enhance their experiences through a clearer understanding of technology and we are now confidently able to deliver practical activities and help our pupils understand challenging concepts such as algorithms in a really enjoyable way”, positively commented Nicola Gunn, a teacher from Botanic Primary School.

    The programme was launched late 2016 and is tailored to the NI curriculum. The programme  provides teachers who may not have the specialist IT knowledge, giving the teachers downloadable resources and comprehensive lesson plans to help educate students in computer science.

    “Increasingly, our jobs rely on people having digital skills. By 2022 the UK will need an additional 500,000 workers in digital industries, which is three times the number of computer science graduates the UK has produced in the last 10 years. The Barefoot programme not only delivers tech skills – but also life skills and selected resources can be translated into Irish”, stated Jane Wood, BT Group UK nations and regions director.

    Source: The Barefoot computing programme Press Release

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