Help us deliver quality computing and accessible games industry opportunities

Author: Laura Martin, Comms & Programme Manager

It’s critical that young people continue to have access to high quality Computing education and careers opportunities at grassroots. Even in a pandemic. 

The pandemic has shed light on limitations which prevent young people and families from accessing technology and consequently, their education. This is a digital divide that cuts deep - throughout the entire country and beyond. 

No doubt, there’s been tons of amazing work born out of this crisis but there’s still lots more to do. Will you help us? 

We continue to develop and deliver ‘unplugged’ Computing activities that don’t require a laptop or PC and instead use household items to demonstrate complex computing concepts.  

Paired with our (ever-so-slightly-tweaked) programme model, we can continue to reach Primary schools with our one-to-many approach. So, how does this tried and tested method work? 

  1. Primaries, Secondaries and FE colleges apply to join the programme. There is no cost associated with being a Schoolhouse. 
  2. Successful Schoolhouses are eligible to receive a bursary up to £3000 to support delivery of the programme, alongside resources, CPD and training from us along the way.
  3. Schoolhouses deliver curriculum-aligned Computing workshops to local Primary schools. Right now, this takes place online. 
  4. Primary pupils and teachers are taught simple, accessible methods for delivering Computer Science in class, through participation in workshop(s). 
  5. Primary teachers feel more equipped and empowered to deliver Computer Science.
  6. Primary teachers share what they have learnt with their colleagues! 

Last year, our expert network of 52 Schoolhouses reached a total of 32,000 pupils. Not only did they make a huge impact in virtual classrooms, but as certified Schoolhouses, each academic institution has priority access to opportunities from Digital Schoolhouse and its partners, in and around video games and immersive tech. For example, our annual esports tournament:

Play is at the heart of everything we do and if you’re an educator that subscribes to our ethos, then we’d love to hear from you. 

We’re looking for institutions in Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland to apply.  

Simply, request your application form here before 23.59 BST on Thursday 22 April. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

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