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You may be aware that the South West Grid has been appointed as the South West regional partner for the Barefoot Computing programme. The project is designed to help primary teachers across England prepare to and deliver the Computer Science elements of the new Computing curriculum. The programme is funded by the Department for Education, run by BCS (the chartered institute for IT) in partnership with Computing at School and BT, and is developing high-quality, practical cross-curricular computer science resources. These resources are being disseminated through a programme of 800 free in-school workshops which are being delivered by inspirational volunteers from the Computing industry.

As part of their commitment as regional partner, SWGfL will be delivering a series of 90 free in-school workshops across the South West from now until the end of March 2015. The workshops will be delivered by volunteers who work in the Computing Industry who are passionate about what they do and are keen to inspire teachers of the next generation. Over the last couple of weeks SWGfL have trained over 65 volunteers from Flybe, South West Water, the Met Office, HP Labs, Broadcom, DSTL, Land Registry, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, Cyber Security Challenge, BT, C3IA (just to name a few) and their volunteers are now prepped and excited to go into schools.

There is a wealth of information on their website which provides more detail on the project, who the volunteers are, how to book a workshop and about Barefoot Computing launch events: http://www.swgfl.org.uk/Training-CPD/Barefoot

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    Supporting children to explore computer science on a range of devices

     

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