Pupils turn teachers for iDEA events

PUPILS became the educators as they taught teachers how to boost their digital skills during National Coding Week.

To celebrate the national initiative, Tameside Council showed students at Hyde Community College and Clarendon Sixth Form College how to make the most of the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA).

Pupils take part in National coding week

The students then passed on what they’d learnt to their teachers, showing them how to complete interactive learning modules that can be used to win career-enhancing badges.

The Council launched iDEA in Tameside and Glossop in September to help people of all ages learn new digital skills.

At Hyde Community College, year nine pupils held a workshop with their teachers to show them how to get started with iDEA.

And at Clarendon Sixth Form College, Level 2 and Level 3 media students took college leadership through their paces at an iDEA workshop they devised.

Aspiring to be the digital and enterprise equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, iDEA was founded by and is backed by the Duke of York.

The free programme can be completed individually, as a family or in a group using a mobile phone, tablet or computer.

The badges cover a wide range of topics, such as staying safe online, animation, basic coding, web design and entrepreneurial skills.

Pupils enjoying coding sessions to improve their digital skills

Good digital skills are increasingly needed in society and the workplace, from accessing Universal Credit online to securing the latest jobs in the growing tech industry.

National Coding Week aims to help build people’s confidence and skills by encouraging volunteers to run fun and engaging digital events.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, executive member for lifelong learning, said: “We were delighted to visit Hyde Community College and Clarendon Sixth Form College to show young people the benefits of iDEA and how to get involved.

“They were then able to show their teachers, which is a great way of spreading the word on how to make the most of iDEA.”

Hyde Community College headteacher Andrea Radcliffe said: “We’re delighted to be working with Tameside Council to help staff and students alike gain all-important digital and enterprise skills which will help them find jobs, enhance their current roles, and fully engage in the increasingly digital society and economy we’re in.

“iDEA can help our staff and students badge their brilliance and stand out from the crowd, and empowering students to be iDEA leaders takes this development even further.”

Go online to: https://iDEA.org.uk to start learning or email hack@tameside.gov.uk for more information or to ask for a workshop for your group.

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