Google injects £120,000 into Code Club Pro to train teachers for computing curriculum

Code Club unveils teacher training programme for the computing curriculum with help of Google and Computing At Schools (CAS)

Google has injected £120,000 into Code Club Pro, a programme designed to train 20,000 primary school teachers for the national computing curriculum by 2016.

The programme has been launched by Code Club, a non-for-profit organisation which runs over 1,875 after-school clubs organised by its network of volunteers.

Partnering with Google and Computing at Schools (CAS), Code Club Pro aims to train primary school teachers before the start of the new computing curriculum in September 2014 and train 20,000 over the next two years.

Code Club Pro was announced by George Osborne MP at a Code Club session at Bexton School in Knutsford, Cheshire. The Code Club Pro training programme will launch in April 2014.

Clare Sutcliffe, co-founder and CEO of Code Club, said the addition of coding to the new primary school curriculum is a great step forward for the UK education sector, but highlighted the fact that there has been a lack of focus on how to teach the new subject.

She said: “We know first-hand that teachers are feeling daunted by the prospect of having to teach a syllabus they don’t fully understand themselves. As a result, we decided to create a training programme that would help support them through this period of change.

“As a not-for-profit, Code Club is able to focus on a core objective of supporting as many teachers and children as possible, through the provision of fun, accessible and affordable training. 

"Our goal is to improve access to training, so that teachers can feel confident and excited about delivering the new computing curriculum.”

Google UK engineering director Mike Warriner said: “Since I was four, I've been fascinated with how technology works - pulling things apart and back together again and building things. I want to see more children excited about computer science but to make this happen, we need to start early.

“There is increasing demand for computer science skills in all industries - not just technology - and Code Club Pro is a great initiative to engage the UK's teachers in computing and give them the skills they need to inspire the next generation of coders."

Teachers unprepared for computing curriculum

It has been widely reported that teachers feel unprepared for the introduction of the new computing curriculum.

This week the government injected £500,000 into computing teacher training, to ensure schools are prepared for software coding when the new ICT curriculum starts in September.

The announcement came as ministers unveiled the Year of Code campaign, intended to get young people excited about computer science throughout 2014.

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