Camden Council is reportedly the first local authority to offer computer programming clubs at its 41 primary schools. Clubs will receive support from volunteers from University College London, and Google. Around 600 children will receive coding training.
Last year in Camden, zero students took up computing at A-Level. The coding clubs are being introduced in the hope of encouraging more students to take up the subject. Children will be taught about how websites, computer games and applications and services are designed and produced to try and build enthusiasm for the subject.
The council has made this decision ahead of the new schools computing curriculum which is due to begin in September 2014. The new curriculum will be shorter and it is hoped this will lead to it being ‘more flexible and innovative.’
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