Pupils in Rotherham get tech-savvy

By Michael Upton | 17/03/2017

Pupils in Rotherham get tech-savvy

THOUSANDS of pupils got tech-savvy as part of a new programme being run in schools across the country.

The Barefoot Computing project, which has now reached more than 14,000 youngsters in South Yorkshire, helps primary school teachers get to grips with computing so that they can better help their pupils. 

Led by BT and the British Computer Society, Barefoot offers free teaching-resources and volunteer-led training workshops, designed to help primary school teachers get confident when teaching computer science and computing skills.

Tom Keeney, chairman of BT’s regional board In Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Computing is a vital skill for the future of South Yorkshire. For the individual, it opens the door to a world of possibilities. Businesses and organisations of all types and sizes rely on this technology, while households use it for online learning, research and entertainment. 

“BT volunteers across Yorkshire and the Humber are running workshops at schools the length and breadth of the region, giving teachers the confidence to teach computing skills to young people. 

“Those skills will undoubtedly be used to successfully navigate a whole host of real-world challenges as they go through life.”

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