All schoolteachers in England to be offered free coding courses

The Telegraph is reporting that every schoolteacher in England is to be offered free online computing courses in coding, amid warnings that schools are poorly prepared for its introduction to the curriculum next year….

From next September, England will become the first country in the world to mandate computer programming in primary and secondary schools, as children will start learning to write code at the age of five and will not stop until at least 16 upon finishing GCSEs.

Codecademy, based in New York, confirmed the agreement with Computing at School (CAS) – the body responsible for the computing curriculum changes – in an announcement today.

But they also warned that a large number of English schools “have not even started thinking” about the major change to the curriculum.

Leng Lee, head of operations at Codecademy, told Techworld: “To get teachers in schools ready and with the resources they need is obviously going to be very difficult. Right now it’s December so we’re nine months away from the rollout.

“I’d say the majority of schools haven’t even started thinking about it to be honest.

“There are 17,000 primary schools and 3,000 secondary schools [in England]. There’s major concern around the primary schools and how they’re getting ready for it because a lot of their teachers are generalist teachers who have to worry about a lot of different subject areas. So there’s no one really with the background in primary schools to take care of it.”

The free online courses are specifically designed for the new curriculum, and teachers will be able to use it to learn programming themselves or as a way of teaching coding to their students, Codecademy said.

CAS and Codecademy said the changes will make England “the educational envy of almost every other country in the world”…

More at:  Schools ‘haven’t started thinking about’ coding curriculum

What do you think of this news? If you are a teacher – especially perhaps a primary teacher without any specific background in IT – do you look forward to teaching coding with excitement or apprehension? Please share in the comments or on twitter… 

Today's poll: Is setting up and working in a shop a good thing for children to be doing at school?
Improve your maths or lose your benefits, George Osborne tells young people
Categories: Teaching.

Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Are they going to make a day more than 24 hrs? Might struggle to fit this in alongside marking, differentiating lessons etc

  2. evilflea

    .SchoolsImprove Probably would’ve helped if Computer Science was put in the EBacc to start with before schools laid off all the CS teachers

  3. inwte

    SchoolsImprove In other news all school children will be expected to play on Need For Speed to prepare them for driving when older

  4. inwte

    SchoolsImprove On a more serious note are teachers expected to cram this into their evenings/weekends or created time during day?

  5. CSc_teacher

    SchoolsImprove This coding problem has been created by successive governments meddling in what schools should/should not teach!

  6. mberry

    vikkiville cool, but codecademy’s courses are already free, as are countless CS moocs; teachers need time to study though SchoolsImprove

  7. vikkiville

    SchoolsImprove thinking same mberry – PGCE bursaries at £15/£20k, £300 p/u for SKEs – NO money for schools for CPD for EXISTING teachers

  8. artmadnana

    SchoolsImprove I would think most primary school teachers will ask ‘when have I got time to complete an online class?’ To be one jump ahead

  9. artmadnana

    SchoolsImprove of the children I teach! What investment in hardware will support this? Yet more political meddling for short term goals.

  10. SianColbourne

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Will probably see consultation document soon on extending the school day for teachers!!!!

  11. DanielAyres

    vikkiville SchoolsImprove mberry not new issue (metaphor of trainee stepping off cliff) CPD rather than training routes needed reform

  12. andylutwyche

    SianColbourne SchoolsImprove Can’t be long before they introduce longer hours for no extra money for teachers. Teachers don’t matter

  13. tpjjudd

    SchoolsImprove tes Equivalent of £186 to train ALL the teachers in our school to deliver the new computing strand of the curriculum…

Let us know what you think...