The TES Award-winning Digital Schoolhouse is a recognised leading national programme that trains, empowers, and supports teachers in their delivery of computing by providing free, creative workshops where both teachers and pupils learn about computing fundamentals, and are left inspired by the wider benefits that computing and programming have beyond the schoolhouse.
“PlayStation is delighted to be partnering with Ukie to bring Digital Schoolhouse to more schools, and even more children, across the UK than ever before,” said Warwick Light, UK managing director and vice president of Sony Interactive Entertainment UK. “A great teacher can have a lasting impact on a student and not only does Digital Schoolhouse provide teachers with practical guidance and creative resources, but it gives them the confidence to be able to excite students about Computing in new and engaging ways. Digital Schoolhouse helps to make learning fun and with that comes endless possibilities.”
Digital Schoolhouse is run by the games and interactive entertainment industry trade body Ukie, and in 2014/15 delivered a London-based programme of activity that supported 9,000 pupils and 1,000 teachers across 127 schools. 100% of participating teachers both running and attending workshops said that they improved knowledge and confidence in teaching of creative computing, and schools reported that Digital Schoolhouse workshops significantly raised educational attainment amongst participating children – equally across boys and girls.
Now, due to the success of its programme and to the support of PlayStation, DSH is set to roll out a national programme that will engage with approximately 15,000 pupils and over 1,600 teachers from 19 Digital Schoolhouses in England.
Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, said, “Ukie is proud to be rolling out the national Digital Schoolhouse programme across the country today thanks to PlayStation. The scale of the impact of the pilot year shows that the unique play-based learning model is working to inspire children from all backgrounds, at a young age, into creative computing as well as giving confidence and resources to their teachers.
“The national programme will future proof and equip the next generation with the fundamental skills necessary to drive the 21st century creative, digital economy. Collaboration with the games, creative and technology industries has been instrumental to the success of DSH, so we are delighted to have PlayStation as lead partner for the programme.”
Visit www.Digitalschoolhouse.org.uk for more information.