Two years after the UK national curriculum required computing to be taught in schools from the ages of five to 16, it has been revealed that teachers are struggling to deliver the subject. And it’s not just teachers that computing is a mystery to, but many parents also.
Computing used to be about simply teaching pupils how to switch on their computer and how to use simple office applications. However, it all changed from September 2014; and quite rightly so. Let’s face it, many toddlers are now more au fait with an an iPad or smart phone than many adults.
Grandparents in particular are in danger of being (or already have been) left behind. How many grandparents and even parents are flummoxed when our children talk about the latest app they’ve downloaded or Minecraft?
Dr Bill Mitchell, head of the British Computing Society (BCS), believes it could be another five years before teachers feel confident enough to successfully teach computing science. Now is our chance, as parents to catch up with our kids!
To ensure our staff don’t fall behind with the computing curriculum, we recently joined forces with the Birmingham-based Samsung Digital Academy to deliver free training to supply teachers. Our new computing workshop has been the most heavily subscribed ever.
We already run a number of free half day practical workshops during school holidays on subjects like e-safety, first aid and computing. Without fail the computing workshops are fully booked within days of being announced.
If you want to keep up-to-date with your youngsters, or even get ahead of them, then here are two websites, recommended by Rob Whitehouse, Samsung Digital Academy e-Learning Specialist that will help parents get to grips with the new computing curriculum.
Or, if you’re a teacher and unable to attend one of our workshops then read PK education’s top tips on teaching the computing curriculum here.