• E-learning courses launched for teachers

A series of e-learning courses have been created to enable teachers to deliver lessons in line with changes to the national curriculum.

The three modules available focus on computational thinking, algorithms and the principles of programming. They are designed to educate teachers who do not specialise in computing, following the introduction of computing into the national curriculum in 2014.

Louise Pasterfield, managing director of course creator Sponge UK, said: “Computing theory used to be the realm of programmers and specialists but now it is being taught to children aged 5 and upwards. The elearning courses are all about demystifying the basics of computing and supporting the computing revolution in schools.”
The courses are the result of a collaboration between technology company ARM and The Tech Partnership, who support the growth of digital skills in the UK.

Sue Nieland, from the Tech Partnership, said: “Recent changes in the computing curriculum are welcome, but as the recent report from the House of Commons Science and Technology highlighted, there is a shortage of qualified teachers of the subject.

“These modules are custom-designed to bring teachers up to speed, and enable them to teach these three vital topics confidently and engagingly.”