MAGAZINE: Majority of computing teachers concerned their pupils know more than them

Tech-savvy children could be more clued up about computers than those who are supposed to be teaching them these skills, with teachers calling for more training and support around computing and the new curriculum.

That’s according to new research which shows that while almost three quarters of computing teachers feel confident delivering the new curriculum and 69% enjoy teaching it, two thirds are worried that their pupils know more than them.

Computing skills.

Computing skills.

Furthermore, half of children (51%) think they know more than their teachers in some areas of computing, while almost 40% don’t think their teachers are confident teaching the subject.

2,000 children aged 9-16 in full time education and 300 teachers who teach computing were surveyed as Computing at School prepares to introduce QuickStart Computing, a new, free teaching programme and development resource available this month.

Watch the video to hear from computing teacher Jo Roberts, pupil Amy Corbett as well as computing experts on the issue.