A two day training initiative to provide teachers around Jersey, Channel Islands with the necessary skills and resources in order to deliver the new coding curriculum.

Jun 25, 2014
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Problem solving. Teamwork. Communication. Creativity. Confidence. Coding - HTML5, CSS, Python and Raspberry Pi.

Codex DLD trained 15 teachers over a period of two days. The aim of the training was to give the skills and confidence to the teachers so that they could either refresh their skills and practise new techniques or learn new skills and create exciting lessons for the new curriculum.

Day 1 concentrated on the two text based languages HTML and CSS including HTML5 and CSS3. The teachers learnt the basics of web code and applied their new skills in order to produce a simple website. They also learnt about responsive design, UX and UI.

Day 2 focussed on setting up the raspberry pi from “out of the box” to coding simple commands for it. We touched on algorithms and other logical concepts involved with programming.

“Great training from great trainers, they were approachable and helpful.” – John McGuinness, Grainville Headmaster

In September 2014 all schools in England must teach children how to write computer code as part of the new National Curriculum. Schools in Jersey(CI) and elsewhere are also following suit. This means that parents need to understand computer coding and so too do employers. The EU estimate that by 2020 there will be over one million unfilled jobs in the digital industries. Organisations such as CodexDLD offer the opportunity for adults to learn coding skills so that they have the confidence to enter the world of work in the digital sectors. UK Digital Skills Taskforce has published a report which warns that teachers will need “considerable help” to prepare and retrain. Currently, only 45 per cent of secondary school ICT teachers have a post A level qualification relevant to the subject, while the majority of primary school teachers do not have a computing background.

The head of the report writing committee Maggie Philbin: “We need our young people to see technology and related applied sciences as a future that they can help create. If you have the right skills, this is a time of opportunity. We have to make sure we equip everyone in the UK for the digital revolution. Not just a fortunate few.”

A recent survey revealed that 60 per cent of teachers do not feel confident delivering the new curriculum, while a poll of 250 primary school teachers by Ocado found that 73 per cent don’t feel that have been given the necessary resources – including training – to teach the subject.

The report also calls for:

  • Computing to become a fourth ‘core science’, giving pupils access to digital training up to 19 years of age
  • A network of school governors with expertise in computing to be established.
  • Collaboration between schools, colleges and universities to enhance careers advice and the curricular and extra-curricular opportunities available to young people.

“The report shines a much-needed spotlight on the digital skills gap and the need to give everyone – and particularly those entering the labour market – the tools they need to thrive and succeed, in order to develop Britain’s knowledge economy and ensure a pipeline of skilled employees for business. It is essential that we meet the challenge this report sets out.” – Chuka Umunna, Shadow Business Secretary UK

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