Can British kids become more tech-savvy?

BT is one of the UK’s best-known companies, with roots tracing back all the way to 1846. BT in partnership with Computing at School (CAS), created the ‘Barefoot Computing’ programme as part of their commitment to ensuring everyone is equipped to thrive in our digital society.

Creating change

Funded and run by BT in partnership with Computing at School (CAS), Barefoot Computing was created by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Department for Education in 2014 as a one-year programme to help primary school teachers across England prepare for the changing computing curriculum. The content was developed by teachers for teachers and this continues today. 

Learn, think, thrive

Teachers hold the key to children’s digital development. Our Barefoot Computing programme is training them to help primary school children learn, think and thrive in a digital world. Computational thinking doesn’t have to be difficult. Barefoot breaks it down into fun and easy lessons that teach digital concepts like logic and algorithms. The aim is to help children develop critical thinking, become digitally literate and be active participants in a tech-driven world.

Some things in life are free

Recently, BT revamped the Barefoot website so teachers can easily download ready-made lesson plans and games. Barefoot workshops are also run by trained volunteers – including BT people – that helps teachers build their confidence, with over 90% of the teachers they’ve trained reporting greater confidence in teaching computing. In fact, by the end of 2018, the Barefoot programme had reached over 2 million children, over 70,000 teachers and over 60% of UK primary schools. BT are immensely proud of that, but have no plans to stop there. They have recently become the first strategic partner of the UK Government’s newly created National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE).

This story shows how BT supports Goal 4: Quality Education, specifically Target 4.4: “By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.”

About BT 

BT is the world’s oldest communications company, tracing all the way back to The Electric Telegraph Company, incorporated in 1846. Today, BT is known as a British multinational telecommunications company with head offices in London, United Kingdom. It has operations in around 180 countries and is one of the largest provider of fixed-line, mobile and broadband services in the UK, and also provides subscription television and IT services. 

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