BT extends computer education for primary school teachers

BT chief executive Gavin Patterson: help for teachers
BT chief executive Gavin Patterson: help for teachers

BT has upped its commitment to help primary school teachers teach computer skills by extending a free workshop programme to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The company’s previous funding for the Barefoot Computing project has helped it reach teachers in England, but this school year BT claims the greater support will allow it train 15,000 teachers across the UK and by extension 400,000 primary school children.

The government set up Barefoot Computing to prepare for the introduction of a new computing curriculum in September 2014, but BT chief executive Gavin Patterson said "we need to do more to enable teachers to do teach it".

Commenting on why BT wants to improve UK tech literacy, Patterson said: "Our purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. These days, life and work is built around connectivity. It isn’t just the technology that matters, it’s what everyone can do with it.

"And the real opportunity for the future is to create things that nobody has even thought of yet. We need people who understand how technology works – who are tech literate – if we’re to make this a reality."

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