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Barefoot

Skills for Tomorrow is providing primary school teachers with training and classroom resources in partnership with Computing at School (CAS) to help them deliver the computing curriculum brilliantly, through the incredibly successful Barefoot computing programme.

The programme was introduced in 2014 to help primary school teachers prepare for the changing computing curriculum, providing teacher training and high calibre lessons. Barefoot resources are developed by teachers for teachers and are certified by academics. Barefoot has already helped more than 70,000 primary school teachers and 2 million children to learn computational thinking and the computing curriculum, and BT has a goal to reach a further 3 million children by 2025.  

Barefoot

Barefoot brings fresh ideas to every classroom, inspiring pupils to think, learn and thrive in a digital world. Primary school teachers gain access to:

Classroom resources: Created by a team of practising primary teachers, Barefoot's high quality, cross-curricular activities help bring computational thinking concepts and approaches alive in engaging and practical ways

Teacher resources: Resources to help improve teachers' subject knowledge and understanding of computing science with clear definitions, examples and progression across all primary school age and ability ranges

Barefoot workshops: In-school CPD workshops, run by trained volunteers from our volunteer network, introduce teachers to the Barefoot resources including how to bring them into the classroom and take pupils on a journey of discovery

 

Technology is transforming how we live and work today, offering tremendous opportunity to drive economic growth and prosperity. But without concerted effort, there’s a risk that the digital revolution will entrench existing social challenges.

BT and Accenture Strategy commissioned extensive research to explore the relationship between tech literacy and social mobility in the UK. It tests our shared hypothesis that individuals with higher levels of tech literacy also experience improved professional prospects and greater social mobility.

The report highlights what it will take to make tech know-how the new way to get ahead for the next generation. We hope it will make a valuable contribution to the national debate on shaping a more inclusive economy and society for the future.

Please see below the full report of the findings for you to download and share.

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Tech know-how. The new way to get ahead for the next generation. 

 

BT / Ipsos MORI report 

At BT we’ve focussed our initial efforts to build a culture of tech literacy supporting primary school teachers because they play a crucial role in setting children’s attitudes and aspirations.

Through the Barefoot Computing Project, we’ve been alongside them for the past two years.

This study builds on what we’ve learnt via the Barefoot Computing project and brings together the views of 400 primary school teachers across England, Scotland and Wales, as well as teachers and pupils from five schools who have been through the Barefoot Computing Project.

We hope the data and ideas will provide valuable insight into what teachers need to help make tech literacy a new cornerstone of modern education in primary schools, and will act as a spur to all who are committed to taking tech literacy to the next level.

Please see below an executive summary and the full report of the findings, for you to download and share.

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