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Below you will find resources to learn and teach computer science to your students beyond just the Hour of Code. There is a whole community in the UK who can help each other and make coding fun and easy! If you have any questions about these resources or need further help you can contact Niel McLean at e-skills UK.

Teach an Hour of Code to your students

Join us to make history. We want our nation to try an introduction to computer science for one hour during Computer Science Education Week this December. Try our tutorials here.

Inspire your students about the world of technology

Show your students where computer science can take them. TechFuture Careers from employer organisation the Tech Partnership helps 14 – 19 year olds make informed choices about digital careers including cyber security. Developed with students, it is full of material from employers right across the tech sector and beyond.

Easily arrange for entrepreneurs and founders of successful, growing businesses to visit your school and inspire your students. A free service for teachers in secondary schools.

Access resources and lesson plans for the computing curriculum in England

You can find the new computing curriculum here

2Code is the latest addition to Purple Mash, the online suite of creative tools from 2Simple. To celebrate the UK Hour of Code 2Simple gave everyone access to 2Code free from the 3rd to the 9th of March plus they are running competitions for the best programs made that week. Children will love learning 2Code with the fun story-based lessons and the ‘How-To’ videos and glossary of key terms ensure teachers always feel confident. 2Code is available free with Purple Mash.

Aims to build the next generation of problem solvers and digital makers. Their free course for 10-18 year olds “ticks the box” of the new computing curriculum but does much more--it equips students to research, design and make digital products and take them to market. They provide the course content, training and connections to their Tech Expert volunteers, and then let teachers do what they are best at – inspiring and guiding young people.

Prepare your pupils for GCSE with a free, fully resourced computing scheme of work from the Tech Parntership. Developed with teachers, based on real world challenges from leading employers and cyber security professionals. No prior experience needed.

Inspire girls to take on the digital world with confidence. A fully resourced scheme of work – including a specialist coding area - from the Tech Partnership, developed with teachers and supported by role models from leading employers.

Code Kingdoms is a creative game to get kids excited about coding and computational thinking. Code Kingdoms is tied directly to the new Computing curriculum where kids design and build their own coded worlds in JavaScript, they then share and challenge their friends to play. Logo attached.

EducationCity’s Computing module has been developed to meet the National Curriculum for Computing. With its comprehensive Learn Screens, Activities and follow-up Activity Sheets, it’s the perfect resource for teachers with no prior knowledge of coding, and includes our highly acclaimed Student Tool for programming, Code Crunch. Click here to find out more about it and try some of our content for free!

Espresso Coding has been developed through extensive classroom testing and can help guide teachers and pupils, through a logical step-by-step approach how to code, make and share their own apps. Whether you are an expert or novice, Espresso Coding provides all the resources you need to teach this exciting new topic and engage pupils.

Learn how to get started with Kodu Game Lab using a range of video tutorials from the Queen of Kodu!

Get your pupils coding with two free Switched on Computing units, for Year 3 and Year 6, that give you step-by-step lesson plans, guidance and software demos to help you teach your pupils to code using Scratch and Kodu.

Learn how to get started with Touch Develop. Includes tutorials and also links to extend learning with KS2 and KS3 curriculum's for computing.

Help your most motivated students to learn more

Greenfoot is a free programming environment designed specifically for beginners. It offers a simple way to get into Java programming, letting you make games and simulations quickly and easily.

Give your students a way to learn real coding (ie. not blocks) using an interactive and fun resource. Codecademy has resources aimed at meeting the requirements of the new computing curriculum. Teachers can use the resources to upskill themselves. The resources have slides, Codecademy courses, and quizzes to provide an overall learning experience for the students.

Set up a code club at your school with Code Club. A nationwide network of volunteer-led, free after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11, Code Club puts schools in touch with programmers who want to share their skills.

Encourage students to code at the weekend. Hosted by volunteers, Coderdojos teach children and young people web development and app creation. Free, with parental supervision.

Giving you the best advice, help and projects for making, mashing, remixing and coding lovely digital things.

Get started with the BBC micro:bit. Use friendly blocks to make a virtual pet that you can feed and play with! No micro:bit required.

Get started with the BBC micro:bit. Use the Python programming language to make a pet that you can feed and play with! No micro:bit required.

Learn more yourself

Sign up for a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) based on OCR’s GCSE computing curriculum. Free and open to all with no start or end date.

Access teaching material, training, local hubs, newsletters and get the opportunity to meet with like-minded colleagues.

Attend CodeED: a one day immersive experience that will inspire educators of all subjects and ages, demonstrate the power of code and provide the essential tools to bring this into the classroom. £275+VAT.

Buy a Raspberry Pi (a tiny, cheap, accessible programmable computer) and get started coding yourself.