Digital Skills Partners for Schools and Colleges

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For 7 years now we have been running unique digital skills programmes with schools from across the region, and they are still a fantastic way of helping young people equip themselves for life in the 21st century and for schools to work with industry experts to inspire the next generation of digital makers. This year’s industry sponsors include The Access Foundation and The Shears Foundation, if you would like to find out more please contact [email protected]

Your Digital News Agency

Your DNA is the latest brilliant programme where we work with schools from across the region to provide an innovative and effective digital skills programme. By helping create their own Digital News Agency we give students the opportunity to create a website/films/podcasts and other content about subjects close to their heart, they develop skills, confidence, ambition and networks that improve their chances of learning about and working in the digital economy. 

Teacher CPD. 

By working in partnership with schools and supporting the staff through CPD modules designed for them, we enable the project to continue after the initial engagement.  DA Online provides training for the wider school community so that the school and their students can continue to gain digital skills going forward.

Students get great outcomes including:

  • Sector-specific digital skills such as photography, web design, web development, filmmaking, podcasting, project management, story-telling and interview techniques
  • Core employability skills including problem-solving, teamwork, confidence and communication skills
  • A deeper understanding of and line of sight to careers in the digital sector and the range of opportunities and support available to them.
  • On-going digital skills development and work experience. 

Don’t just take our word for it, Teachers also love the experience: 

Amazing to witness our SEN students learning new skills socially, creatively and media wise. Rubbi was extremely patient and understanding of their needs. Whilst also having the skills to bring the room back to a calm order. Rubbi showed massive support to any ideas and kept their energy excitable, routined and made each and every student feel heard and important. Rubbi gave them opportunities to move around and have breaks when she could see they felt overwhelmed.

Abby Whittingham, UTC@Media City

“The work resulted in the astounding podcasts ‘ Echoes of the Caribbean’, they were nothing short of incredible.  The collaboration with Checkpoint was astounding, being able to access much treasured testimonies of people who arrived in Bradford all those years ago and hear about their experiences was profound.  Our learners have learned so much as a consequence of this valuable work, in so many ways.   The interactive way of learning is powerful, it immerses children into the world of the Wind Rush Generation and allows them to reach their own conclusions about social injustice leading to much reflection following the work.  This was an incredibly moving experience, one that will never be forgotten, or lost, on those who had the honour of being part of it’

Lyndsey Brown, Headteacher, Oastlers School, Bradford

Helen and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the effort you put in with our pupils. It was easy to see how much they got out of the project and how well they engaged with you and the activities.  The end product looks amazing, and it will definitely help us with our primary feeder schools. Hopefully there will be opportunities to link up in the future too.      

Andrew Cox, Samuel Laycock School

We loved working with Digital Advantage again this year and would love the chance to follow up with another project where the students from this cohort can support the new students to build on the Inscapism website, if funding allows.

Richard Nancollis, Inscape House

Can I just thank you once again for an excellent week, the students loved it and got so much out of it. Rubbi was amazing

     Kate Vincent, Elms Bank School

Great concept which is accessible to all. Fantastic facilitation and product making.   The students have improved confidence and independence.

Robert Perryman/Gaynor Mills,Eccles College