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Computing lecturer wins BETT award for teaching resource

Principal lecturer in computing education at the University of Roehampton, Miles Berry, has won the 2015 primary digital content, BETT Award for his work on the ‘Switched on Computing’ project.

Posted: 28 January 2015

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The annual BETT awards, founded by British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), honour innovators throughout the UK involved in technology for education.

Miles Berry was the author of the ‘Switched on Computing’ scheme of work for primary schools, produced by educational publisher Rising Stars in association with the London Borough of Havering. The scheme provides a broad and balanced coverage of the computing curriculum which Miles was also involved in drafting. It is currently in use in 5,000 schools across the UK to help teachers deliver the new programme with confidence

It has been well received by teachers who took to Twitter to express their gratitude for the resource. One such teacher, Mary Farmer, tweeted “a super well deserved award!! Thank you for creating such FABULOUS resources!!!”

‘Switched on Computing’ is an important tool at a time when teachers are reporting low confidence in teaching computing. A recent survey for the BCS and Microsoft found 68% of primary and secondary teachers were concerned their pupils had a better understanding of computing than they did.

Miles Berry leads Computing Education at Roehampton’s School of Education. He teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and trains teachers to deliver the computing curriculum. To find out more about teacher training at Roehampton and the subject specialisms on offer click here.

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