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Students work with pupils at Newbridge Primary School’s Code Club

 

Students studying IT are helping to coach the next generation of computer programmers at Newbridge Primary School.

 

Bath College students Laurence Cross, Zack Brittain and Tom Alcock are all giving up their time to volunteer with seven to 11-year-olds.

 

They are showing pupils at Code Club, a weekly after-school club, how to create games using a computer software program called Scratch.

 

Having their help has allowed Newbridge Primary School teacher Christopher Handson to open the club to extra pupils.

 

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Mrs Handson said: “The children look forward to Code Club and, thanks to the students, we can have more children in the club.

 

“Computing, alongside maths, science and English, is a core subject on the curriculum. They learn coding in school and also during Code Club.

 

“At the first club we showed a video with Bill Gates and Mike Zuckerberg saying ‘there’s a shortage of skills and not enough people are learning to code’.

 

“They will be the ones who invent the next Twitter. The coding skills they learn here could one day enable them to make a living doing the thing they love.”

 

Laurence, 17, from Twerton, is studying for a Level 3 IT course at Bath College and is an ambassador for STEMNET, the the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network.

 

He said: “I really enjoy it. I quite like teaching and I was thinking of it as a career path anyway, so it’s good to have the experience.

 

“The pupils are surprisingly good. I think some of them are better than us, especially on Scratch. It’s daunting how much some of them know.”

 

Bath College lecturer Steven Harries said: “The students are loving the experience, while developing fantastic employability skills in networking, organisation and teamwork.”

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