Free Computing Resources & Workshops

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Is your school prepared for a digital future?

Do you find teaching computer science a little daunting? Are engaging and exciting resources in the subject hard to find? Are you unsure if the resources you are using are fully aligned to the curriculum? If you have answered ‘yes’ to anyone of these questions, the Barefoot Computing Project can help. 

Barefoot support primary teachers across the UK with free workshops and resources, which bring to life the subject of computational thinking in cross-curricular and engaging ways.

Teaching the next generation

Tech-literacy is essential and as a teacher, you play an instrumental role in ensuring that the next generation is fully equipped with the skills to become creators of technology, not just passive users. A study from British Telecom and Ipsos MORI suggests:

  • 78% of UK primary teachers believe tech-literacy is as important as reading and writing.
  • 97% of them believe it’s their responsibility to prepare children for a digital world.
  • However, only 25% agree they’re equipped to do so.

Teachers who have accessed Barefoot resources are more confident than their peers, with 84% understanding computational thinking, compared with 57% overall. Supported by the Department for Education, BT and Computing at School, all the resources are aligned to all UK curricula, including engaging activities for SEN pupils.

There are two types of free resources on the website – resources for teachers to use to teach themselves how to code and resources to use to teach children in the classroom – this is so useful, because so many teachers don’t feel confident with their own technology literacy, let alone that of their children.” @TeacherToolkit

PowToon : The Barefoot Computing resources

 How can your school get involved?

So far, Barefoot has supported over 39,000 teachers and had over 100,000 resources downloaded, reaching more than 1.1 million children!

Simply book a free workshop for your school, or register for free resources and lesson plans by visiting www.barefootcas.org.uk.

Sign up for a workshop

Book a workshop today. Led by a friendly, specially-trained volunteer, the workshops:

  • take place at a time and place to suit you
  • are lively, hands-on and immersive
  • take approximately 60 minutes
  • use real-world, practical examples
  • are completely free (along with the accompanying resources).

Genevieve Bovet-White, primary teacher and computer coordinator at Knowle Park Primary, Bristol said:

With the help of Barefoot resources and using what we have learned in the workshop, we feel more confident in teaching the new national curriculum. Barefoot has it all covered: definitions of all the areas of computational thinking with easy-to-use videos and user-friendly resources are on their website.

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Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner is TT Editor, as well as a Freelance Publisher. She has been working with @TeacherToolkit for over 6 years - since she published his first book in her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Since then, she left her day job, moved to Madrid and trained as an English teacher. She is now a key member of the TT team, continues to teach english and edit books, and also spends her time learning spanish and searching for the best tortilla de patata! You can follow her at @HollyEditTeach.