Justin Tomlinson to launch New College Digital Schoolhouse programme

New College has recently joined the Digital Schoolhouse programme and have called in MP Justin Tomlinson for the launch.

Justin Tomlinson MP

On Thursday 10th November, New College Swindon will welcome 60 students from Even Primary School to kick-start their bid to develop a future generation of computing whizz kids!

The Digital Schoolhouse programme, powered by PlayStation, will be officially launched by Justin Tomlinson MP and Shahneila Saeed, Director of Digital Schoolhouse.

The session will teach the children an understanding of algorithms, sequences and loops through dancing. They will then have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art learning software to create a computerised character that dances using the same principles.

In joining the programme, New College has become the first Further Education College in the UK to become a Digital Schoolhouse (DSH) and is the only one based in the Swindon and Wiltshire region. Each DSH is based in a secondary school or college and aims to work with a network of primary and secondary school teachers to deliver creative and cross-curricular computing lessons.

Digital Schoolhouse, a pioneering programme which is led and delivered by games and interactive entertainment trade body Ukie, has gained national and international recognition for its initiatives in the teaching of ICT and Computer Science to primary school pupils and the wider public. Digital Schoolhouse recently announced PlayStation® as its lead partner for the new academic year and an extension of the programme to 15,000 pupils across the UK.

Tony Gilbert, Computing Lecturer and DSH Lead Teacher at New College Swindon, said: “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 and secondary school teachers to upskill and become more creative in teaching the Computing curriculum.”