Code Club launches teacher-volunteer recruitment campaign

Code Club

Code Club is a voluntary initiative, founded in 2012, which aims to provide opportunities for children aged 9 to 11 to developing coding skills through free after-school clubs. As of November 2015, over 3,800 schools and other public venues had established a Code Club, regularly attended by an estimated 44,000 young people across the United Kingdom.

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Code Club, a not-for-profit organisation and part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, has launched its teacher-volunteer recruitment campaign. This initiative aims to increase the number of teachers involved with leading after school Code Clubs in Primary schools across the UK, and will be will be held across both social channels and a comprehensive email marketing campaign.

No existing coding skills are necessary to become a volunteer with Code Club, and the campaign is aimed at reaching teachers who who may not yet feel confident enough with computer science or coding to start a Code Club in their local school.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation,” said Maria Quevedo, director of Code Club. “We have been able to achieve our success to date through our volunteers’ dedication, time and commitment to inspiring children to get excited about coding and digital making. We are extremely grateful to the people who donate their time and effort to helping children across the UK, and we would love to see even more teachers getting involved, regardless of their current knowledge of technology or coding. Code Club provides our volunteers with everything they need to successfully lead after-school Code Clubs in their local area.”

Code Club, which at present has over 4,000 after-school Code Clubs across the country, is a volunteer-led network that brings coding education to children, aged 9-11, at no cost through its after-school programs. Code Club relies on its volunteers, which include parents, corporate partners, local citizens and teachers, to host the Code Clubs in their regional areas.

Harminder, a Code Club volunteer and KS2 teacher, said: "As a classroom teacher, running a Code Club has been an invaluable experience in providing me the opportunity to learn and develop my understanding of coding languages such as Scratch.  As a result, I am a lot more confident at teaching children in my classroom and sharing my knowledge with other teachers in the school."

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