Engineering in Education Survey

In 2014 the UK national curriculum was updated to replace Information and Communications Technology (ICT) with a more up-to-date computing curriculum incorporating programming and coding lessons for children as young as five.

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One year on, we commissioned a nationwide survey to discover how teachers and students across the educational spectrum are interacting with the new curriculum. Over 400 UK teachers and course leaders were polled from across the spectrum of primary, secondary and tertiary education.

Of those polled, just over 30% admitted that they did not feel confident in their ability to teach coding, with 41% claiming they had not received adequate training.

85% of students respond positively

However, there was more positive news elsewhere, with 85% of teachers stating that their students had responded 'positively' or 'very positively' to being taught coding, with just 1.02% claiming that their students responded negatively to the new curriculum.

85% of students respond positively

At Farnell, we’re committed to working with schools and educators to provide support, equipment and learning resources to encourage the next generation to engage with coding and programming. We’re a trusted supplier of entry-level coding devices such as Raspberry Pi and Codebug and the manufacturer of the BBC micro:bit, helping children to get to grips with the fundamentals of electronics and engineering.

Click here to see the full results of Farnell’s Engineering in Education Survey.