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More Training Needed for Computer Teachers

More Training Needed for Computer Teachers

According to a survey, 47% of England's computing students claim that teachers need more training.

The survey, which consisted of over 2,000 students was conducted by Computing at School (CAS) and Microsoft. The research found students aged 9-16 need more support, with 41% claiming to regularly help teachers when they are using technology.

Even though 73% of teachers said they felt confident in using technology in the classroom, many expressed a lack of confidence in areas such as creating and de-bugging computer programmes, and coding.

The survey found 41% of students were interested in learning how to code, yet felt there wasn't enough taught in school.

67% of teachers said their computing pupils were very interested and engaged in the subject, with almost a quarter of teachers admitting to having no experience in the subject until the curriculum started in September 2014.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan believes things are off to a great start however.

She said: "I am delighted that our world-leading computing curriculum has got off to such a strong start. Giving young people a solid grounding in computing from an early age is a key part of our plan for education, ensuring they are prepared to succeed in modern Britain.

"More than four million primary school children have already received computing lessons, which I hope will empower and inspire more young people and open their eyes to the exciting opportunities available."


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