Our New Year’s resolution: support 2000 new schools to start a club in 2019

Here at Code Club HQ, we’ve been talking about our New Year’s resolutions, and we decided on this one: we’re going to support 2000 primary schools to create new Code Clubs across the UK in 2019.

Why we want to support 2000 new Code Clubs in schools

According to a report from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Digital Sector contributed £130.5bn to the UK economy in 2017, an increase by a third since 2010 (£98.2bn in 2010). The Department for Education (DfE) also estimates 1.2 million more people with specialist digital skills are needed by 2022. Schools play a critical role in ensuring the next generation has the technological skills needed to help maintain the UK’s position as a leading global digital economy, and teaching coding in schools is key.

Where we are now

  • 5000 primary schools in the UK have registered with us.
  • Since 2012, over half a million primary school children have taken part in a Code Club, developing skills in teamwork, resilience and problem solving.
  • In 2018, a record two million projects were created by young people in Code Clubs sparking their curiosity and passion for technology.

What the educators say

Mia Chapman, a Code Club educator, launched her club two years ago and has been overwhelmed by its success.

“When I opened my club, seats were immediately filled, and other students want to know when they can join – it’s going from strength to strength.

“All children should have an opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are and where they are from, enabling them to reach the same level as their peers and prepare them for the future.”

A final word from Maria, Director of Code Club

“We’re really excited to have engaged so many children in creative digital making. The children always tell me how much fun Code Club is and it’s great to see them learning to think creatively, and develop skills for their future.

“We encourage teachers across the UK to help us achieve our pledge to inspire another 30,000 children in 2019 by running a Code Club.”

If you’re a teacher who wants to start a Code Club in your school and enhance your and your pupils’ digital confidence, get started today at www.codeclub.org, or get in touch with us via hello@codeclub.org so we can help you directly!