‘We need to ensure pupils are ready for the digital world – it’s essential for the future of the country’
Teachers appreciate that they have to make sure their pupils grasp computational thinking. Now we need to help them to make it happen
Young people today are growing up surrounded by tech, and it’s vital that business and education work together to give teachers the support they need to get their pupils truly tech-literate.
Too few young people know how tech actually works, or the role it plays in their lives. That matters in a digital era when tech will underpin their personal and professional prospects. And it’s why we need to build a culture of tech literacy.
Primary school teachers are crucial to that effort, shaping children’s attitudes, aspirations and abilities from an early age. BT, where I work, yesterday published a new study with Ipsos MORI looking at what teachers need to make tech literacy a new cornerstone of modern education in primary schools.
The findings give cause for optimism. Teachers believe tech literacy is vitally important to their pupils’ futures, and feel increasingly confident with what’s required of them by the computing curriculum. However, the study also shows that the education system and the private sector have more work to do – because many teachers don’t feel prepared to equip their pupils for a digital world, and can struggle with the computational thinking concepts that underpin so much of young people’s personal and working lives.