Free resources to support computing lessons


While almost three-quarters of computing teachers feel confident with the new curriculum, some are still unsure about the computer programming and coding aspects, a survey has revealed.

At the same time, 41 per cent of pupils say they regularly help their teachers to use technology, while 47 per cent think their teachers need more training when it comes to computing.

The survey, commissioned by the Computing At School initiative and Microsoft, involved 1,746 students aged nine to 16 and 279 computing teachers.

It reveals that after the first term of the new curriculum, 69 per cent of the teachers said they enjoyed teaching computing and 73 per cent said they feel confident.

However, 24 per cent of the teachers had had no experience of teaching computing until September 2014, and 81 per cent said they would still like to have more training, development and learning materials.

Furthermore, curriculum areas of concern highlighted by more than a third of the teachers in the survey include the creating and debugging of computer programmes and computer coding.

The survey marks the launch of new free resources to support computing teachers.

Funded by Microsoft and the Department for Education, Computing At School has this week published QuickStart Computing, a downloadable resource offering videos, interactive tools, a teacher’s handbook and links to other resources.

The resource is designed to help teachers to develop and run CPD in their school or cluster and 40,000 free hard copies are also being distributed through Computing At School, which was set up to support the development and delivery of the new computing curriculum.

Its chairman Simon Peyton Jones said: “We should be very proud of our teachers, who are engaging so positively with the new computing, and are now inspiring and exciting children about computing. 

“We believe in the value of high-quality CPD for teachers, and the role of working groups like Computing At School in instilling confidence and sharing ideas and best practice. We are delighted that we can share QuickStart Computing with all schools and teachers that need it.”

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