27/01/2020

NI Pupils Complete Coding Industry Training

Hundreds of primary and secondary school pupils have been given awards for completing an 'invaluable' computer coding programme.

Delivered by PwC, the Hive Academy takes pupils through the fundamentals of coding and the cloud-based platforms used in the industry, with classes delivered both in schools or the firm's Google Lab in Belfast.

Teachers also received training within the programme through a number of digital upskilling courses and were provided with electronic resources designed to help them teach the course on their own in the future.

Almost 600 students joined the over 7000 others who have completed the scheme since it began in 2017.

Pupils from seven primary schools and two secondary schools then took to the stage in a recent awards ceremony to present what they had learned.

Head of Digital Technology and Computing at Campbell College in east Belfast, Margaret Debaddi told of how the programme has helped her keep the curriculum in line with industry demands.

Her pupils completed the Python KS3 course.

Ms Debaddi said: "Coding programmes offered in conjunction with industry are necessary if pupils and teachers are to continue in the ever-changing industry we are hoping to feed our students into.

"Without such programmes, the concern would be that the skills set required in the industry will continue to outstrip the skills being delivered in the classroom. Pupils and teachers both can benefit from ongoing partnerships and help redress the current imbalance between skills availability and requirements."

Jayne Uí Néill, primary teacher in Gaelscoil Ui Neill, Coalisland added: "PwC is providing an invaluable programme for Primary Schools. Our children have been exposed to programming at a level that otherwise would not have been available to them.

"It is amazing to see how quickly the children have picked up new concepts and progressed through the well paced activities provided each week."



(JG/CM)

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