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Teaching students coding should be priority, says entrepreneur

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Fairfax aims for ‘Outstanding’ with SchooliP

The Fairfax School at Sutton Coldfield has recently invested in the SchooliP software system. Its last Ofsted inspection was in 2011 and was ‘Good’ overall. The school was ‘outstanding’ in some areas and is determined to achieve the same rating across all criteria.

SchooliP brings together performance management, improvement planning, CPD and self evaluation into one cloud-based system, meaning there’s no software to install. Teachers can access the system from any computer or tablet device that has access to the internet, simply by logging in to the secure system.

Damien Roberts, Business Development Director at SchooliP comments: “We are delighted that Fairfax School has chosen SchooliP which has been developed in partnership with leading authorities in the fields of education, development and inspection. It can be configured to a school’s unique requirements and is updated on an on-going basis.”

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Acer TravelMate and Veriton series: reliable, efficient and powerful Windows 8 computing solutions

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designed by academic and IT industry volunteers to inspire an interest in coding among young people - was launched by the Raspberry Pi Foundation recently at a cost of £22 and is

currently selling at 700 per second, according to one of its main distributors.

"I have always been astonished that basic computer literacy and coding are not part of our schools curriculum," said Gary David Smith, IT entrepreneur.

"The Raspberry Pi has demonstrated that there is a hunger amongst young people to engage with coding and programming. But I believe that safeguarding Britain's computing heritage should be a government sponsored."

"Currently the ITC taught in schools is more to do with how to use programmes rather than how to create them. The web has democratised business opportunities: if you can code and understand programming you give yourself a huge advantage."

The Raspberry Pi is supplied without monitor, keyboard or mouse and runs a freely available operating system and a ‘start-up' educational coding tool. Children are expected to cut their coding teeth largely through creating their own games and functions on the machine.


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