More primary school children than ever are learning about tech literacy, as the BT-backed Barefoot computer education programme reaches 530,000 pupils in 2016-17.

‚ÄčThe UK is facing a skills shortage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers. The Barefoot Computing Programme provides support and resources for primary school teachers to teach children about computer science, to encourage and inspire them as they grow up in an increasingly digital world.

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BT took over the lead funding of Barefoot in 2015 as part of our commitment to building a culture of tech literacy – and now more than 1,000 volunteers are delivering free workshops around the UK.

Since its launch in 2014, the Barefoot scheme - delivered with Computing at School - has gathered momentum, and over 1.25 million of UK children have benefited: that’s 17% of all UK primary school children.

Teachers on Barefoot Computing course

Liz Williams, BT’s director of Tech Literacy and Education says: “We have exciting plans to develop Barefoot further in the academic year ahead. This includes refreshed branding, creating new teacher resources and a new website.

“As part of the UK Government’s digital strategy, we committed to reach 1.5 million children through Barefoot by July 2018. We’re on course to reach this early, with more than 500 workshops already requested by schools for the new academic year.”

In March 2017 BT and other tech giants expanded a mentoring scheme to encourage girls to consider a STEM career.

Find out more about BT’s Tech Literacy scheme.