Clare Sutcliffe is the co-founder of Code Club, a worldwide volunteer network of after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. The organisation works with volunteers to provide free opportunities for children to develop their digital skills, using technology to experiment and invent. Code Club merged with The Raspberry Pi Foundation in November 2015, where Clare now serves as Executive Director Communities and Outreach. In 2015, Clare was awarded an MBE for her services to technology.
For a generation that did not grow up with the Internet, it is fascinating to watch small children today intuitively handle a touchscreen mobile device with such ease. Indeed, modern pupils are growing up in a world where digital technology touches every facet of their lives, from the toys they interact with, to how their health care is managed, to how education is delivered. It is important that we look at not only how but what today’s young people are learning in terms of technology, as digital skills are becoming increasingly crucial for succeeding in the workforce, and will continue to be so in years to come.