CodeWeek is coming. Let’s get Bradford coding!

Many of you will deliver regular coding sessions to young people and adults through work or voluntarily through clubs such as the Bradford CoderDojo.

You may not be aware that Europe Code Week runs from the 7th – 22nd October this year and we are encouraging all local schools and other organisations in the Bradford area to support this event by getting involved.

Simply download the information toolkit flyer here and decide how you want to be involved.

Schools

If you are a school it would be great if you could run an event in school to get as many children involved in coding or run an after school event using enthusiastic children to do some coding with parents or other members of the communities. You probably have children who are already very competent creating code in Scratch, Kodu, Python, etc. who could create and deliver a simple introductory session for the community. If not, you could ask them to use the ready-made materials available online from sites such as Code Club or the Hour of Code.

If you have Digital Leaders at your school this is a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills and lead a coding event at or on behalf of your school.

If you feel more ambitious it would be great to partner up with a local organisation / business such as your local library and arrange for the children to deliver a session there. If you are interested in delivering such a session please contact Beth.Simpson@bradford.gov.uk who is in contact with local organisations and businesses looking for young people to code at their venues.

Local Business / organisations

Several organisations already support the coding agenda such as Barclays Digital Eagles and we would like as many local businesses / organisations to support Coding Week. Ideally, you may have staff with expertise in coding who could provide a short introductory session about coding or you may have a space at your venue you are happy to make available to other organisations / school children to utilise to deliver a coding session on your behalf. If you are interested in either please contact Beth.Simpson@bradford.gov.uk who is co-ordinating events across the Bradford district.

We hope you can find the time to get involved. Once you have confirmed the session don’t forget to add it to the list of events on the  CodeWeek website  and let us know what you are doing by emailing Beth. We will be sharing all the local events with schools and organisations across Bradford in the 1st week of October #Bfdletscode

About Paul Scott

Curriculum Innovation manager working strategically with local, regional and national partners ensuring the service’s provision continually evolves to meet the needs of schools, the local community and businesses.
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