Join Digital Schoolhouse at New College Swindon!
New College is the first Further Education College to become a Digital Schoolhouse (DSH) and is the only one in the Swindon and Wiltshire region.
The Digital Schoolhouse programme has gained national and international recognition for its pioneering initiatives in the teaching of ICT and Computer Science to primary school pupils and the wider public audience. The programme is led and delivered by games and interactive entertainment trade body Ukie, with PlayStation® as its lead partner for the new academic year.
Each DSH is based in a secondary school or college and aims to work with a network of primary school teachers to deliver creative and cross-curricular computing lessons.
Tony Gilbert, Computing Lecturer and DSH Lead Teacher says,
“New College is proud and excited to be a Digital Schoolhouse. We believe that computing should be innovative, creative, inspiring and challenging. We already run a number of computing courses, activities and initiatives for our own 14-19 students and have strong links with secondary schools. Becoming a DSH will help us be a leader in training primary school teachers to upskill and become more creative in teaching the Computing curriculum.”
The first primary school to join the scheme was Even Swindon Primary School, with Year 6 pupils participating in sessions at New College in October 2016. Red Oaks Primary, Bridlewood Primary and Peatmoor Primary all subsequently joined the programme.
Churchfields Academy also joined the programme in January 2017 with sessions being delivered for Year 7 pupils in February 2017.
New College deliver a series of training and enrichment sessions to visiting primary school pupils (Y5 and Y6), secondary school pupils and their teachers across 16/17. Initial workshops are free, but may be chargeable after that. Any primary school wishing to become involved can email DSH@newcollege.ac.uk