Aims to develop skills for life

Children and teachers will be supported to work more with digital tools in the classroom, said Deputy First Minister John Swinney. The Scottish Government unveiled more than 40 steps in a new strategy to increase the use of digital technology education.

Measures include developing teachers’ skills and confidence, continuing to provide broadband and Glow, and updating the technologies curriculum to bring it in line with digital developments and “clarify expectations around digital technology”.

“This strategy is a key part of the Scottish Government’s mission to raise the educational attainment of our children and young people,” said Swinney.

“It sets out how we and our partners will improve children’s access to digital learning opportunities, develop teachers’ skills and confidence and ensure the use of digital technology is central to our curriculum.”

“Technology can be a powerful and engaging tool to enrich learning. We are determined to support Scotland’s teachers to use technology to its best potential so children can improve their educational outcomes and develop skills that will be vital for their life, learning and work.”

A national programme to help Scottish primary school teachers bring computer science to life was also launched by the Cabinet Secretary.

The Barefoot Computing Programme was developed by BT and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, working with Education Scotland.

It aims to help teachers inspire and excite pupils aged from five about the world of computing.