This article was originally posted on the Tech North website.
Tech North announced their National Partnership with Code Club during the new weekly after school session in the brilliant Liverpool Central Library. Run for school children between 9 – 11, their philosophy is to inspire children to become more involved with digital while sharing and learning. With 3,733 Code Clubs already in operation, volunteers and venues are becoming available for new groups in the North to meet the high demand.
Tech North/Code Club partnership
Tech North’s supporting partnership with Code Club is a good example of how other organisations like schools and local businesses can become involved by offering resources to run their own Code Clubs for children. From my conversations with parents and organisers it’s clearly apparent there is a growing demand which could be met by new groups in the North. Recently Code Club became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Raspberry Pi Foundation giving them further reach into the education system. There are approximately 21,000 primary schools in the UK who can access their online training for volunteers which sets out everything they need to know about how to run their own clubs. With the recent changes in our school’s curriculum there has been a growing interest in teaching children how to code and program computers. Tech North recognises that Code Club effectively addresses the nationwide problem of generating the technical skills needed to drive the digital sector, an industry that is crucial to the long term health our economy. Advancing the skills of children beyond frontend user applications by teaching them how to actually code helps to them understand new ways of analysing problems. An Open University study on the first year of Code Club revealed the way this type of problem solving has enhanced the way children can learn through sharing their findings with others and by working collaboratively. The Open University study summaries “There has been a marked difference in the way the Code Club members approach problem solving; they have learnt to test and work to solve problems and not to just accept that there is only one way to achieve something. Engagement has improved and it incited a new lease of creativity and optimism. They are much more willing now to help each other solve problems and try to find solutions before looking to the teacher for help.” As well as a growing demand for digital skills in the work place, there is an increasing number of children wanting to learn. Code Club offers free support with online training and a large network of volunteers, ideal for businesses and schools wanting to run their own Code Clubs.
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