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Roehampton lecturer helps create Government-backed toolkit for teaching computing

Teachers across the UK will be better able to deliver the new computing curriculum thanks to Miles Berry, principal lecturer in computing education at the University of Roehampton, who has been instrumental in creating a Government-backed resource to help primary teachers plan, teach and asses this new subject.

Posted: 15 January 2015

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A recent survey for the BCS and Microsoft found 68% of primary and secondary teachers were concerned their pupils have a better understanding of computing than they did. QuickStart Computing has been designed to help teachers address this perceived gap.

Mr Berry was part of the team which drew up the new computing curriculum for primary and secondary schools as well as the new resource designed to help teach it. The QuickStart handbook draws on his experience working with Roehampton trainees and partner schools and covers the subject knowledge needed to teach primary computing, together with suggested activities and video lessons.

He said: “Getting the best computing education is critical to our young people for their future careers and as active participants in a digital society.

“The new computing curriculum places much greater demands on teachers’ own knowledge and understanding of computing. We’ve designed QuickStart with this in mind, to help teachers gain confidence in passing this on to their pupils.”

QuickStart Computing is a comprehensive, national programme to help primary and secondary teachers to plan, teach and assess the new national curriculum for computing. It is a free toolkit funded by Microsoft and Department for Education freely available online at quickstartcomputing.org.

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