The Barefoot project was established in 2014 with the original aim to help primary school teachers in England get ready for the computer science element of a new computing curriculum. It was originally funded by the DfE and run by BCS in partnership with BT and CAS.
BT took over the lead and funding for the project in 2015, with the continued support of BCS and CAS and now have the aspiration to enable the resources and workshops to be available to ALL primary school teachers throughout the UK.Development of the resources will continue, including introducing SEN resources. There are three main aspects of the Barefoot Computing Project.
Exemplar teaching activities: Created by a team of practising computing teachers, these high quality, cross-curricular activities help primary teachers to deliver the computing curriculum in engaging and practical ways.
Teach yourself concepts: These resources help primary teachers on their journey towards becoming excellent computing teachers by improving their subject knowledge and understanding. Giving clear definitions, examples and progression across all primary school age and ability ranges, these resources help teachers deepen their own understanding of computational thinking and computer science topics.
Barefoot Workshops: The aim is to enable the resources and workshops to be available throughout the UK. These free CPD sessions are run by volunteer experts and introduce teachers to the Barefoot computing resources. Teachers can arrange for a Barefoot Workshop to be help at their school and benefit from great resources and support. The workshops are organised by our delivery partner ‘National Schools Partnership’.