We’re helping children gain the skills they’ll need to think, learn and thrive in a digital world.
Our Barefoot Computing programme gives teachers the resources and skills to bring computing lessons alive. Run in partnership with Computing at School (CAS, part of the British Computer Society), the Barefoot website has been accessed by teachers from most primary schools across the UK.
Fun and easy lesson plans and supporting materials, available online, show computational thinking doesn’t have to be difficult. Lessons use real world tasks like cracking codes and planning parties to teach logic, algorithms and other computational thinking concepts.
Volunteers introduce these plans and concepts at workshops to build teachers’ confidence in delivering the primary computing curriculum. Of the teachers attending Barefoot workshops this year, 95% said the experience made them more confident teaching computing.
Through Barefoot, we’ve trained more than 85,600 teachers and reached 2.8 million children in the UK since 2014/15. We aim to increase this to five million as part of our wider ambition to reach 10 million people with help to improve their digital skills by 2025.
We’ve also added fun, interactive resources to the Skills for Tomorrow portal to help parents help their children with digital learning at home.