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Boost for computing lessons in Scottish schools

A programme to help teachers bring computer science to life in the classroom has already reached more than half of Scotland's primary schools.

Latest figures show that teachers from 69 per cent of primary schools in Scotland – a total of more than 6,700 teachers so far – have registered to use the BT-sponsored Barefoot Computing programme which offers free, classroom-ready teaching resources.

The downloadable resources and materials have been tailored to the Scottish curriculum and have been backed by the Scottish Government.

Lessons are available to all Scottish primary schools and aim to help pupils aged between five and 11 years old to develop basic computing skills and thinking across all subjects.

They are designed to help primary school teachers across Scotland, especially those without specialist computing knowledge. The resources, available in English and Gaelic, promote problem-solving, creativity and collaboration among pupils.

Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director at Education Scotland, said: “I'd like to thank everyone involved in the BT tech literacy programme for working with us on this journey as we raise standards in our transformational curriculum.

“Digital skills are at the heart of our Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland, because it's crucial our learners have the tools and capabilities they need to thrive in an increasingly digital world. I look forward to continuing to work with BT to make these attractive and supportive resources accessible to all schools in Scotland."

A new Barefoot website has been launched to provide more materials for teachers. Typical support consists of tasks designed to improve pupils' understanding of concepts like algorithms in a way that improves their ability to think logically and sequentially but creatively.

The website also includes new support which helps educate pupils on using the internet safely and what 'consent' means in terms of controlling their personal information and identity.​​

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