‘Type-Net for Schools’ is a national scheme, managed by Type&Test Ltd, that aims to equip every school child with fast and accurate keyboard skills.
At Type&Test, we strongly believe that every school pupil should have the opportunity to learn to type fast and accurately, using all their fingers and without looking at the keyboard. This is called ‘touch typing’.
Learning to touch type is not yet on the National Curriculum, unlike in many other countries. But we believe that touch typing is now an essential skill, given the extensive use of computers across the whole curriculum, and the inevitability that in the near future, most if not all, examinations will have to be undertaken on a computer rather than with pen and paper.
From research we conducted in 2010, of the 85% of UK schools that don’t teach keyboard skills, most cite three main reasons:-
- they can’t afford it because there is no budget for it
- teachers don’t have the time and/or expertise on this particular subject
- there is no room in the timetable for it
Our ‘Type-Net for Schools’ scheme successfully addresses each of these issues and therefore makes it easier and more affordable for schools to deliver high quality typing training than ever before.