Supporting Teachers with Computer Science
Our Education Team are proud to be supporting the Barefoot Computing project, a national initiative supporting primary educators with computer science.
Established in 2014 by the Department for Education following the introduction of the new Computing curriculum in England, the programme is now funded by BT and supports primary teachers across the UK with the provision of free resources and volunteer-led workshops. Our team work closely with BT to support teachers and volunteers through the delivery of these free in-school workshops.
What is Barefoot?
If you’re a primary educator looking to develop your confidence in teaching computer science, and want to help your pupils become budding programmers, Barefoot is perfect for you.
Created by a team of practising primary teachers, Barefoot’s high quality, cross-curricular activities help bring computational thinking concepts and approaches alive in engaging and practical ways. There are clear definitions, examples and progression across all primary school age and ability ranges, all designed to help you deepen your understanding of computational thinking and computer science topics. All made more accessible through free volunteer-led workshops.
Whether you’re creating your own algorithm for drawing something, exploring logical reasoning through number patterns, or tinkering with code in Scratch, Barefoot will help you realise that computing is not so scary after all – in fact, you’re already teaching it!
How can I find out more?
You can access all of the resources, lesson plans and self-teach materials by going to the Barefoot website and signing up for free. Once you’ve signed up, you can request a free 90 minute CPD workshop at your school, which will be delivered by a trained industry volunteer and will give you and your colleagues a hands-on introduction to what Barefoot has to offer.
Request a Workshop
Barefoot workshops instantly bring the resources to life in an interactive session, demonstrating just how uncomplicated bringing computing to all aspects of the curriculum can be. A trained Barefoot volunteer in your local area will visit your school for a free 90 minute session, provide an introduction to the Barefoot website and resources, discuss how the resources complement the computing curriculum and then demonstrate a range of the activities.
The exemplar Barefoot primary computing resources have been created by a panel of expert primary computing teachers. These free to use, creative resources illustrate how computing can be integrated into the primary curriculum in cross-curricular ways, enabling primary teachers to deliver the computing curriculum with confidence.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteers are the backbone of Barefoot, providing teachers with face-to-face training on how to use the wealth of resources available to them. Operating in their local schools and beyond, volunteers deliver workshops introducing teachers to Barefoot resources and demystifying computational thinking and computer science concepts.
Latest Barefoot Articles
Pizza Party Per Favore!
Barefoot is excited to announce a new resource, Pizza Party! Created for pupils aged 9-11, it brings data collection and analysis to life through the power of pizza!
3rd May 2019
Barefoot gets a new website and a fantastic new resource!
Barefoot has got a shiny new website. It’s been around for a few weeks but you might not have got a chance to see it yet, so head on over! It’s lovely, bright and intuitive with the same areas as the old website but with a brand new look. Why not take a look around?
14th February 2019
2018 - The Best Year for Barefoot Yet!
In 2018, the SWGfL team coordinated over 1,150 workshops in primary schools across the UK, reaching over 16,300 teachers and ultimately making an impact on over 430,000 pupils.
17th January 2019
On the 9th day of Christmas, Scratch gave to me: 9 ladies dancing in Scratch 3.0
Due to be released on 2nd January 2019 is the new evolution of Scratch, Scratch 3.0. New features include tablet functionality, more how-to videos and an in-editor guide for first time users.
10th December 2018