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).
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 on September 2 to help local people of all ages learn new digital skills.
At Hyde Community College, Year 9 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 had 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. It’s simple to use for all abilities and backgrounds and there’s no pressure or time limit. The badges cover a wide range of topics, such as staying safe online, animation, basic coding, web design and entrepreneurial skills.
Our very own Tameside and Glossop badge has even been created for everyone taking part locally, which counts towards a Bronze Award. Residents can get the Tameside & Glossop badge with the badge code: TandGiDEA.
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. Tameside Council is co-ordinating the scheme to help everyone by attracting businesses to the borough, increasing the number of well-paid jobs and encouraging entrepreneurship to boost local economic growth, as well as health across Tameside and Glossop through improved access to information and reduced isolation.
National Coding Week aims to help build people’s confidence and skills by encouraging volunteers to run fun and engaging digital events.
Councillor Leanne Feeley, Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, said: “We were delighted to visit Hyde Community College and Clarendon Sixth Form College during National Coding Week 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.
“iDEA is simple to pick up and for all ages, from learning basic digital skills to earning career-enhancing badges. Having good digital skills is vital in modern society and I’d urge everyone to see how iDEA can help them.”
Hyde Community College Head Teacher 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 in Tameside. 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.”
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