COGNITIV – Coding on the Curriculum

Code Club

Cognitiv are pleased to announce a new partnership with Code Club – a national volunteer-led network that is looking to put an after-school code club in every single primary school in the UK.

Teaming up with Linda Broughton, the Yorkshire ambassador for Code Club, Cognitiv will be helping to put this programme on the agenda of local schools whilst also identifying potential volunteers and venues that are interested in getting involved.

Graham Howarth, Representation Committee Member, comments: “We are really pleased to be supporting Code Club. It is a fantastic initiative that we believe will inspire the next generation of programmers and IT experts. 

“Through our network we want to encourage volunteers to lend a hand by helping to establish and run a club. This could be a local business volunteering a team member for an hour each week or an individual who can offer time after school or on a weekend.”

Linda Broughton, Code Club Regional Coordinator for Yorkshire and Humber, adds: “We have eight Code Clubs running in the Wakefield district. This is a good start however this is just seven per cent of schools. There are currently five schools in Wakefield who are really excited about setting up a Code Club, and need a volunteer, so I’m really pleased to be working with Cognitiv as I believe there’s huge potential for members to get involved.

“We definitely need more volunteers to inspire Wakefield children to learn to code. At Code Club children learn to code and also develop computational thinking, problem solving, planning, design and collaboration skills - all valuable skills that will benefit Wakefield employers in the future.”

Volunteers need a good understanding of technology and coding principles, and a desire to pass on the skills to the next generation. We offer training (online or face to face) to all volunteers. Speaking from personal experience I really believe that volunteering is the best thing you’ll do.”

There are over 2,200 Code Clubs in the UK. Code Clubs are traditionally established as after school clubs but can also run in non-school settings. They are aimed at youngsters aged 9-11. Code Club provide projects which teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games and animations using Scratch, web development using HTML, CSS and also Python. Code Club is designed to be fun and creative.

Online training is offered to all volunteers, providing them with the right information and the know-how they need to run a successful code club.

Find out more about Code Club at a special event taking place on Wednesday 29th April at The Mechanics' Theatre, Wakefield College from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Find out more and register your interest.