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Edge Hill partners with BCS to deliver Barefoot Computing Projects

 27 November 2014

Edge Hill University has joined forces with the Barefoot Computing project to help provide primary school teachers in the North West with the skills they need to deliver the new computing curriculum.

 

The Barefoot Computing project is led by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in partnership with BT and funded by the Department for Education. It supports primary school teachers who are teaching the new computing curriculum which was introduced in schools throughout England in September.

 

31 trainee teachers from Edge Hill, plus 10 volunteers from industry, have signed up as Barefoot volunteers and are helping local teachers understand ideas and concepts such as algorithms, abstraction and data structures, and how they can teach them to children starting from age 5.

 

Carl Simmons, project co-ordinator at Edge Hill says: “This is a great opportunity for our trainee teachers with computing degrees and experience to work with practising primary teachers. The trainees get advice on teaching and pedagogy while the primary teachers get to learn a little about computing concepts. It’s a win-win situation.”

 

The Barefoot project focuses on the computing science element of the computing curriculum and has developed resources to help teachers increase their computer science subject knowledge. It has also developed exemplar activities to get them started teaching computer science to their pupils in cross curricular ways.

 

Between now and May 2015, the Barefoot Computing project will hold a series of 800 computing workshops in primary schools across England. Run by volunteer professionals from the IT / computing and education sectors, these events introduce the new computing curriculum to teachers and explain the support available to them through Barefoot and other related projects.

 

Pat continues: “The programme helps equip teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to incorporate the computer science elements of the new computing curriculum into their lessons. By providing high quality cross-curricular computer science resources free for primary school teachers, supported by explanations of the key computing concepts, we are providing support for teachers who may have little previous knowledge of the subject. A lot of teachers are already teaching many of these concepts in their classrooms without realising it and we want them to see that it’s not as complicated as they may think. For example, a teacher might get the class to create a Viking animation as part of a history lesson, but this also teaches sequencing and programming.”

 

Primary school teachers in the North West who are keen to get to grips with the new computing curriculum can find out more about forthcoming workshops in their area at: http://tinyurl.com/NWBarefoot

 

A full list of all events across the UK can be found at:http://barefootcas.org.uk/barefoot-regional-partners/.

 

For more information about becoming a Barefoot Computing volunteer visit:http://barefootcas.org.uk/barefoot-volunteers/.