Computer code clubs to be in half of all Manchester primary schools by 2015 http://t.co/eBRIMcvTwv pic.twitter.com/65apTDgagL
— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) February 14, 2014
Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. It gives children the chance to learn programming by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites using languages like Scratch, HTML, CSS and Python.
Volunteers bring to the classroom essential 'up to date knowledge' and experience that schools struggle to provide.
What's stopping success?
Manchester City Council has committed to introducing Code Clubs to 25% of the 130 primary schools in the city. In a recent meeting with Jennifer Green, Head of Digital City Strategy - Manchester City Council, she explained that
the biggest barrier is attracting volunteers - who are consistent. We are struggling in the deprived areas to match schools with volunteers
Everyone can help
Consider allowing your staff to volunteer some of their time to deliver a Code Club in a local school.
Developers / Techies
There's a lot of debate about teaching of Computer Science in schools. Why don't you become part of the solution? Consider volunteering to run a Code Club. Find out more.
Encourage your school to enquire about starting a Code Club for your children.
Simply spread the word
We'd really appreciate you using social media to spread the word about this post, tell your friends, encourage them to come to our launch events or become volunteers.