Preparing for National Coding Week


First set up in 2014, National Coding Week focuses on ensuring that adults and children alike have the necessary tech skills to succeed in the modern workplace.

The week relies on numerous digital events to develop skills and build confidence, and teachers can play a pivotal role in helping to spread the message.

While the current generation of children has grown up with technology, there is still a need to know how to apply digital skills.

The fifth annual coding week event – to run from 17th September – provides an opportunity to discuss topics related to the internet, computing, data and security.

Coding can take years to perfect, but National Coding Week aims to provide the first step for children and adults on their coding journey.It also aims to break the divide that is thought to exist between children – who learn to code as part of the curriculum – and their parents, who may not understand it.

By encouraging the sharing of skills and information, it is hoped that all parties will be able to benefit.In 2018, and in partnership with Makewaves, efforts are being made to reward children who share their digital skills with others via a collection of digital badges.

For instance, the Share Your Skills badge requires children to plan and deliver a short lesson to their classmates on a digital skill they know.Alternatively the Stay Safe Online badge needs them to research topics related to internet safety and to then tell others in a clear and concise way.

The badges can be a conversation starter for teachers too, as they can embrace topics such as social media, privacy, cybersecurity and data protection.

Coding Week could also be used by secondary school teaching staff to discuss the potential of digital careers, future job roles, and the skills that might be needed in future.

It’s all about raising awareness around thought-provoking topics, encouraging the sharing of information and aiding the development of key digital skills.