Robot helps Newport pupils learn computer coding

Five schools in Newport have started using robots to help pupils develop their ICT skills. The software teaches youngsters how to develop codes used for building apps and websites.

Watch the report by Kathryn Tresilian followed by an interview with computer scientist Dr Tom Crick.

The event at the University of South Wales was held to get more children and teachers learning about the importance of computer programming and digital literacy.

It is not mandatory for computer coding to be taught in Wales but it was introduced to the English curriculum in September. There have since been criticisms that schoolchildren here are falling behind their peers over the border.

The Welsh Government says it's a priority for them to ensure young people are confident using digital technology and continues to invest in computer coding workshops.

A key recommendation in Professor Graham Donaldson's independent report, "Successful Futures", is that digital competence should become a cross- curriculum responsibility for all teachers alongside literacy and numeracy. "This echoes with what the Education Minister has consistently stressed - that in order for our young people to succeed in the modern world, they need to be competent and confident using digital technology. It is encouraging that schools and universities share this aim. "We continue to take steps to enhance ICT and coding in schools. We recently provided £450,000 towards the delivery of computer coding workshops to teachers in every secondary school in Wales.

Welsh Government spokesperson