Primary school teachers will be expected to teach basic coding from September

Most teachers not confident about teaching code

Nearly three-quarters of primary school teachers do not feel confident about teaching the new coding syllabus being introduced in September.

Some 73 per cent of 250 primary school teachers said they felt under-prepared to teach coding to pupils, according to a survey by online shopping retailer Ocado, with a lack of resources cited as an area of concern.

The survey is part of efforts by the firm to promote a new programme called Code for Life to help teachers and pupils in the classroom when the new lessons start in less than six weeks.

The scheme is centred around a new web app called Rapid Router aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 children that will enable them to learn about coding as they play games, which also contains lesson plans for teachers and careers videos to teach pupils about different aspects of coding and potential career prospects.

Paul Clarke, director of technology at Ocado, said: "Teaching children to program is not just about nurturing the next generation of software engineers; being able to write code is a transformative and disruptive meta-skill that needs to be seen as being of huge potential value whatever your future holds.

“I would go so far as to say that it is a survival skill that our children need to acquire to flourish in the increasingly digital and online future that awaits them."

Fran Worby, a Year 4 teacher at Tudor Primary School in Barnet, which took part in a trial of the new programme, said: "This is a fantastic resource. It clearly introduces the language of coding to children in a fun and engaging way.

“It also allows children to develop their understanding in this area of the curriculum by introducing coding language in small, manageable chunks – offering excellent progression.

"Coding was a whole new area for me, let alone the children, and this teaching pack has made it easy to get started with the requirements of the new curriculum."

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