Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh computing education provider Jam Coding win gold at the Learning Awards

- By Noor Tomlinson Contributo­r

Jam Coding, a rising computing education provider that delivers ‘digital life skills’ to young people in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife is thrilled to be recognised by the Learning and Performanc­e Institute. At the global LPI Awards last month, which was hosted by Claudia Winkleman, Jam Coding was awarded gold in the Learning Innovation category for creating a platform that is revolution­ising the way computing is taught in primary schools. The platform is host to Jam Coding’s Bespoke Curriculum; a modern and fun adaptation of the national computing curriculum which was released in 2014. The Bespoke Curriculum is designed to engage young people in the subject following a steep drop in interest over the years, whilst giving teachers the training, knowledge and resources to deliver it with confidence. Jennifer Talbot, Learning and Developmen­t Manager at Jam Coding explained, “One of the biggest concerns in primary school computing education, as highlighte­d by Ofsted in 2022 is the CPD or continual profession­al developmen­t of teaching staff.

Our platform directly addresses this concern with certified teacher training for every single lesson. This means that teachers can undergo training, become certified then deliver tailormade lessons to each and every pupil with complete confidence and ease”.

Jam Coding was first establishe­d in Blackburn, Lancashire in 2014 but has since expanded its services to Edinburgh and other areas across the UK. A large proportion of their team comes from a teaching background. “With a wealth of teaching experience behind us, we have a clear understand­ing of the issues teachers face,” Jen continued. “To put it simply, our platform was designed by teachers, for teachers.” James Crawford, Area Director for Jam Coding Edinburgh added, “Over the last year the feedback we have received from schools, parents and the children in our workshops has been incredible. There is so much enthusiasm around the subject.

This award recognises the outstandin­g curriculum that we are delivering. Our coaches are thrilled and we look forward to working with more children throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife.”

Jam Coding was joined in the Learning Innovation category by some incredible multi-national companies with unbelievab­le learning approaches. With the bar set so high, they were both delighted and humbled to win the category. Roger Grogan, National Director at Jam Coding commented, “What a time to be leading Jam Coding. This product is changing the experience of young people and teachers in the delivery and adoption of coding and computing lessons across the UK.

We are seeing exactly what we set out to achieve: Higher levels of engagement, more confidence in teachers and better outcomes for all. It is incredible to be recognised by the Learning and Performanc­e Institute. This accolade is a testament to all of the team, Area Directors and Code Coaches working across the UK to deliver this product to young people”.

For more informatio­n, please visit www.jamcoding. co.uk or get in touch here: edinburgh@jamcoding.co.uk | 01254 480 470

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