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What are the advantages a teacher can get for using Quickstart?

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Advantages for British primary school teachers using the Quickstart CPD toolkit include smooth transition from ICT to Computer Science teaching, access to online teaching resources and learning to asses students through the mandatory Progression Frameworks scheme.

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The Quickstart continuing professional development toolkit was released in 2014 by Microsoft and the British Ministry of Education. It was meant to help primary school teachers adapt to the new national computing curriculum. According to BCS Academy of Computing, 40000 toolkits were distributed in English schools free of charge. They were meant to assist designated teachers in leading two CPD sessions.

Toolkits included information on course topics, such as programming or Internet networks, not covered in the earlier Information and Communication Technology courses. Concretely, they consisted of a DVD and printed materials, distributed through the national network of local Computing at School Hubs.

Quickstart was only one of several toolkits developed to help the rollout of the 2014 computing curriculum. Besides Microsoft, Google released teacher training materials. Some criticized the strong connection between tech companies and government initiatives, noted the Guardian. Supporters of the program argued that the British education system produces too few technology specialists and that computing skills, once learned, are highly transferable.

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