Manchester leading national drive to transform computing in schools


The University of Manchester is at the forefront of a national drive to transform the teaching of computing in schools. 

In 2012, the University's Prof Steve Furber chaired a Royal Society project which published a report that recommended a move from teaching IT to teaching Computer Science in schools. These changes were immediately enacted by the Government, resulting in an urgent need for training of teachers in secondary education - and Manchester has been at the forefront of this from the outset. The model adopted is of regional centres that support 'Master Teachers', who then guide other teachers in the region. 

Manchester’s Dr David Rydeheard led the challenge of helping schools to teach the new curriculum. As a result, The University’s School of Computer Science is now the North West Regional Centre for Computing At School. Over £200k of funding from the Department for Education pays for three staff members who have school-teaching experience and are managing the outreach to schools in the region.

Universities are well placed to support schools in their need to upgrade the teaching of computing, and The University of Manchester has led the way in this both nationally and in our own region. These are exciting times for computing education, with many new ways of teaching the subject, especially using new technologies such as robots, drones and virtual reality - Dr David Rydeheard, Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science

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