About us

Now funded and run by BT in partnership with Computing at School (CAS), Barefoot was created by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Department for Education in 2014 as a one year programme to help primary school teachers across England prepare for the changing computing curriculum. The content was developed by teachers for teachers and this continues today.

The Royal Society has acknowledged that Barefoot is the primary teacher’s resource of choice for computational thinking in the classroom. As long-term supporters of the programme, BT was pleased to pick up the mantle in 2015 when the Department for Education funding ceased. BT now runs and funds the programme in partnership with BCS and its CAS programme as part of our commitment to ensuring everyone is equipped to thrive in our digital society.

At the end of 2018, Barefoot had reached over 2 million children. Over 70,000 teachers are part of the Barefoot community and represent over 60% of UK primary schools. We’re all proud of that, but also have no plans to stop there.

The 3 aspects of the Barefoot Computing Project

Classroom Resources

Created by a team of practising primary teachers, Barefoot’s high quality, cross-curricular activities help bring computational thinking concepts and approaches alive in engaging and practical ways. We’ll help you get your class comfortable with logic and algorithms before you know it!

Teacher Resources

We have lots of resources to help improve your subject knowledge and understanding of computer science. There are clear definitions, examples and progression across all primary school age and ability ranges, all designed to help you deepen your understanding of computational thinking and computer science topics.

Barefoot Workshops

In-school CPD workshops, run by our trained volunteers, introduce teachers to the Barefoot resources including how to bring them into the classroom and take pupils on a journey of computational discovery. Barefoot workshops happen in school, to suit staff schedules offering live support and real world examples to sit with the lesson plans.