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  • Blog Post: Hour of Code - offering teachers free resources to allow students to learn basic coding skills

    Last year, over 100 organisations joined forces to launch the largest education event in history: the Hour of Code . Digital skills are set to add £3bn to the economy in the next five years, and it is important that the next generation doesn’t miss out on the potential the digital world...
  • Blog Post: Government announces new Technical Baccalaureate

    Last week, Michael Gove announced a new vocational education performance measure for young people aged 16 to 19 as an alternative A-level. The new Technical Baccalaureate, or 'Tech Bacc', will combine new and existing qualifications to form the programme which is aimed at the 50% of school-leavers in...
  • Blog Post: Behind the Screen – the new computing GCSE project led by e-skills UK

    Behind the Screen is the working title of e-skills UK , a new project to create a computing GCSE. Working with teachers, students, universities and employees, this GCSE has been designed to equip students and young people with a wide range of skills from programming to game design. With more IT employers...
  • Blog Post: Young apprentice is top of class with Microsoft Outstanding Apprenticeship Award 2011 - Zenos Apprenticeships

    With the current employment climate still proving to be difficult for many young adults to find jobs, having a skill set other than qualifications gained from school and college is becoming more important in order to have a C.V that stands out above the rest. I have recently written a blog on student...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Academy developing student skill sets at Birmingham City University

    It isn’t only schools nowadays that are feeling the stretch of limited budgets, but also universities around the UK and are looking at ways to save money without comprising  high quality in learning for students and still provide opportunity to achieve industry recognised certification and prepare...
  • Blog Post: What are 21st Century Skills?

    A colleague and I were engaged in a debate recently, in a team meeting, when we were discussing plans for BETT 2008. For the show we've added three themes to Microsoft's "Realising Potential" message. Those three themes are: Raising Standards Personalising Learning 21st Century Skills ...
  • Blog Post: Sheffield College's Microsoft IT Academy

    The Microsoft IT Academy scheme has been around for quite a while now, and with almost 600 colleges and schools accredited, it has been growing quickly recently. The basic idea is that a college can apply to become an IT Academy in order to offer courses and certification to local businesses, and even...
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