Barefoot communities are groups of primary teachers who wish to share ideas and good practice around the teaching of computing.
By working closely with Network of Teaching Excellence run by our friends at Computing at School (CAS), and building on the outcomes of this project, we hope to support development of professional teaching practice in primary schools by encouraging a culture of pedagogical enquiry, together with evidence-based practice.
By setting up Barefoot Computing Communities within the Network, the project will help support professional development through collaboration and reflection, and sustain long-term improvements in pupil outcomes.
The intention is that these self-help groups should reach out to other primary school teachers in their area to encourage them to join. These local groups will be practitioner communities that share and develop good practice. They will copy the model of CAS hubs, but work at a much more local level. The overhead for schools setting up these groups is low, since it only requires providing a room plus tea and biscuits and a member of staff to coordinate with other schools.
Resources used by the groups will already have been shared with hosting schools via the Barefoot workshops, and are available through the website.
These new groups will be set up as part of the Network of Teaching excellence and members of the groups will be further supported through membership of CAS. These groups will also be connected to other external initiatives, such as Code Club and Apps for Good in order to further embed innovative computing practices in school activities.