School activities:

BIMA Digital Day

A free initiative for both schools and agencies, Digital Day takes place on 14 November and sees digital professionals head back to school for a day to inspire secondary students (13-16 years), give them insight into the depth and breadth of careers available, offer practical advice on how to get into digital, and gets hands-on experience tackling challenges from our awesome brand sponsors.

Digital Healthy Schools

An educational programme providing the learning and tools that young people need to responsibly navigate and use the ever-growing field of health-app technology. Throughout the course of an assembly and two lessons that integrate with the PSHE curriculum, they interact with many activities and group exercises designed to teach them valuable skills relating to the use of mHealth. They are also given access to orcha.co.uk, enabling them to see in depth analysis of apps, leave their own reviews and even recommend apps to their loved ones.

For more information, or to register your school’s interest in teaching students how to find the best ways to keep healthy, contact Jacob at support.schools@orcha.co.uk. You can watch an introduction to the programme here.

In the classroom:

Gender neutral language

A way of speaking that minimizes assumptions about gender, sexual orientation or the biological sex of the people being referred to. For example, the pronoun he may be replaced with he/she when the gender of someone is unknown

Let toys be toys resources

Let toys be toys is a fantastic campaign asks the retail and publishing industries to stop limiting children’s interests by promoting some toys and books as only suitable for boys or girls.

These resources are created for primary and secondary school teachers as well as parents with the aim of tackling gender stereotypes.

Ways to make a classroom gender inclusive

A useful article explaining ways you can make your classrooms more gender inclusive

Other initiatives:

Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, aims to equip young people with digital and enterprise skills. Wherever they are – on the bus, in the library, at school or in their bedroom, young people can access resources to inspire them for their future careers and help unlock their potential.

Code Club

At Code Club, they think all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from. This is why they support a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs where young people aged 9-13 build and share their ideas, learning along the way.

They currently have more than 10000 clubs in over 100 countries, and our club projects have been translated into 28 languages.

Hack Junior

Young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore the possibilities of technology in an informal and creative environment over a couple of days. It’s a great opportunity to meet like minded people, experts and potential future employers!

Pick your challenge, turn up with an idea and you have just two days to bring your idea to life and present to the judges. You can do this on your own or in a team of up to 4 people. You don’t all have to be coders – but if not, be ready to learn!

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