BBC micro:bit partnership for UK primary schools

September 15, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
BBC micro:bit partnership for UK primary schools
Up to 2000 primary schools in the UK will receive the BBC micro:bit single board computers following a research programme.

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation is working with funding from Nominet on a longitudinal research study to understand the opportunities, challenges and impacts of teaching with the micro:bit at primary school for children aged 7 to 11.

Independent research will look at the teaching of digital skills and creative computing. This will form the basis of a research-based education program of support for primary schools to be launched in Spring 2022. This will include shipping the micro:bit boards to primary schools in late Spring 2022.

Researchers will explore the benefits and barriers of teaching this subject area and physical computing using the BBC micro:bit. The research and programme is funded by Nominet as part of its commitment to democratising technology and broadening young people’s access to successful digital futures.

“The research will allow us to understand the experiences of primary teachers and then provide a rich and relevant programme of support for them,” said Gareth Stockdale, CEO of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation.

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"Nominet is delighted to be funding this research programme to better understand the obstacles and opportunities presented to teachers who are using micro:bit in classrooms all over the UK. It will provide valuable insight that will support them in their mission to inspire and educate children to learn new digital skills. The purpose of our public benefit programme is to fund initiatives like the micro:bit which work towards closing the digital skills gap and ensuring a bright future for the UK’s digital workforce,” said Adam Leach, Chief Technology Officer, Nominet

"We’re really pleased to be working with Nominet to understand the primary teaching needs around digital skills. The research will allow us to understand the experiences of primary teachers and then provide a rich and relevant programme of support for them," said Stockdale.

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