Our Barefoot Computing programme reaches 1.25 million children
7 September 2017
Barefoot, the free computational thinking programme for primary school children, supported the teachers of more than 530,000 pupils in 2016-17. We deliver it with Computing at School (CAS).
In total, Barefoot has now reached more than 1.25 million children. That’s 17 per cent of all UK primary school pupils. And it’s gathering momentum. Barefoot started in 2014 as a one-year project in England. It now operates across the UK and is endorsed by all four governments.
More than 1,000 of our volunteers deliver free workshops across schools in the UK. Without their support Barefoot’s ambitions wouldn’t be realised.
Our volunteers say how proud they are to be part of the project and that they gain new skills from taking part.
Liz Williams, Director of Tech Literacy and Education says: “We have exciting plans to develop Barefoot further in the academic year ahead. This includes refreshed branding, creating new teacher resources and a new website.
“As part of the UK Government’s digital strategy, we committed to reach 1.5 million children through Barefoot by July 2018. We’re on course to reach this early, with more than 500 workshops already requested by schools for the new academic year.”