Teachers joining Digital Schoolhouse to create Computing communities

Digital Schoolhouse

The Digital Schoolhouse programme is a pioneering initiative that has been recognised in the Royal Society report Shut Down or Restart and the House of Lords’ Digital Skills Select Committee report for its innovative approach to improving computing education. Proven to improve the quality of teaching and learning and pupil attainment for Computing, in its first year alone the project successfully supported over 5500 pupils and 600 teachers from across London. Delivered by Ukie (UK Interactive Entertainment), the trade body for the UK video games industry and supported by Computing at School, the Mayor of London and the DfE, the programme is now expanding to regions across the UK.

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Teachers across the UK are sending in their applications for the Digital Schoolhouse programme, a pioneering initiative that has been proven to improve the quality of teaching, learning and pupil attainment for Computing. The programme was recognised in the Royal Society report Shut Down or Restart and the House of Lords’ Digital Skills Select Committee report, and also won a TES Award for its innovative approach to improving computing education.

Closing for applications on Friday 6th May, the Digital Schoolhouse programme sees Secondary school teachers trained by industry professionals, who then run free and flexible workshops with their Primary school peers. A local network is created, linking Primary schools to the Secondary hub. All teachers are provided with personalised ongoing support and CPD to support their development of new ideas and resources.

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The Digital Schoolhouse programme successfully supported over 5500 pupils and 600 teachers from across London in its first year alone. Originating from Langley Grammar School, delivered by Ukie (UK Interactive Entertainment) and supported by Computing at School, the Mayor of London and the Department for Education, the programme is now expanding to regions across the UK.

“We want the nation to lead the way in creative computing, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and play-based learning,” said Shahneila Saeed, Digital Schoolhouse director and Ukie’s head of education. “We want to create the next generation of polymaths, and be fully prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. But we need you to make this happen! Headteachers are already talking about the benefits that Digital Schoolhouse programme brings to their schools.”



Bursaries are available for all successful schools to help meet the inevitable running costs of the programme. Digital Schoolhouse workshops are offered on a weekly basis, so the Secondary school selected needs to be able to:

  • Dedicate at least half/full a day a week to run a Digital Schoolhouse workshop.
  • Nominate a member of staff to become the lead Digital Schoolhouse teacher to run workshops and manage bookings.
  • Have classroom facilities to host the workshops.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6th May. Those wishing to take part are asked to email [email protected] for their application pack.

Visit www.digitalschoolhouse.org.uk for more information.

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