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”…
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…