Digital Opportunities for Schools and Educators


Cyberfirst. Part of National Cyber Security Centre and aim to develop the UK’s next generation of cyber professionals through their student bursaries, courses for 11-17 year olds and competitions. Five ways to get involved:

  • Girls Competition Cyberfirst competition for teams of four Year 8 girls – entries open in December 2019. Need to be supported by a responsible adult who can act as the team guardian but this person needs no knowledge of cyber or be an IT or computer science teacher. 

  • CyberFirst Courses – during the summer holidays the NCSC provide short residential courses designed to introduce the young people to the world of cyber security.
  • CyberFirst Student Bursary£4,000 per year and paid cyber skills training to help a young person kick start a
  • Cyberfirst Degree ApprenticeshipThe CyberFirst Degree Level Apprenticeship is a three year apprenticeship where you’ll get exposure to some of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies along with practical insights into the innovative ways we use them to provide cyber security to our customers. Applications for the CyberFirst Bursary and Degree Apprenticeships will open in September 2019 for the September 2020 intake. All enquiries should be made to
  •  Cyberdiscovery – Free, online, extracurricular programme turning teenagers across the country into cyber security experts. Intake opens 3rd Sept.

Matrix Challenge 2020

 is an innovative cyber competition available to all 11-17 year olds within the UK on 20th January 2020. It has been designed and delivered by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit in partnership with colleagues from the 11 regional organised crime units across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Matrix Challenge qualification game will be live in January 2020 and will run for 4 weeks. The top entries in each region will be invited to a regional semi final. The top 3 competitors in each age category will then be selected for a grand final in July 2020 where top technology prizes and the chance to be crown Matrix Challenge UK Champion will be up for grabs

 The game takes around 30 minutes to complete and covers 5 key topics, CMA 1990, staying safe online, steganography, fault finding in lines of code and cracking a cipher. The challenge will also include a timed multiple choice quiz.


TeenTech helps young people understand the opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries, no matter what their gender or social background. Their lively, focused age appropriate initiatives help young people 8-18 understand their potential and raise their aspirations.

More information on the Awards Scheme and City of Tomorrow resources, can be found on the TeenTech website or YouTube Channel.

A Festival Event will be coming to Lancashire in 2020! Interested in taking part? Contact your Enterprise Coordinator.

British E-Sports Championships

British E-Sports Championships  is a competitive video gaming competition for students aged 12+ in schools and colleges across the UK with two seasons a year. The Championships are an exciting team activity that can help develop social skills, behaviour and cognition, as well as leadership and communication skills. Students represent their schools and colleges in weekly matches every Wednesday afternoon

The Championships are open to all secondary schools, Further Education (FE) Colleges and Alternative Provision (AP) schools in the UK and are PC-based.

Digital Healthy Schools

Digital Healthy Schools supports schools and teachers in two ways:

  • As a tool in your Pastoral Care, helping promote great and effective Digital Health solutions to your students and the wider school community or
  • As a highly engaging introduction to Digital Health through the PSHE curriculum.

It gives teachers the information, support and guidance to help their students explore and understand digital health and see the real difference it can make to their everyday health and well-being.

Schools can develop through the PSHE programme (students create) a healthy apps web page for students to use. Helps young people understand what good apps for supporting health are and what are not. Then produces a site of safe apps for other pupils to browse and use.

Digital Advantage

Digital Advantage  is an award winning CIC that delivers innovative work experiences to young people of all ages and abilities. Their industry-led programmes accelerate technical, creative and business skills to reveal the hidden talents of all our students. It’s innovative, engaging, effective and fun for learners, teachers and wider school community.


Freeformers training designed by Facebook - available until Dec 2019

Three providers in Lancashire can offer training to Sixth Form students, HE students and all staff in schools, colleges and universities. The training is 3-4 hours long – with three modules studied in one session, on average.

The modules include:

  • Innovation – Learn about the industry led process of Design Thinking and apply this practically. Learn to problem solve the way the experts do and create your own prototype.
  • Web Presence – Explore the basics on how to pick the right web platform for whatever your objectives are – cover everything from Search Engine Optimisation, to User Experience vs User Interface and Analytics.
  • Social Media Marketing – Learn everything from purpose and audience to how to use the tool Facebook Audience Insights. Explore strategies, campaigns and  how to know the difference and how the right content can really make a difference to your audience including, paid and organic advertising.
  • Cyber Security – This will help you to understand the dangers of the web and provide core methods to protect yourself including how to spot a phishing scam and even see into the lives of a hacker and how easily they can gain information.
  • AI (Artificial Intelligence) – Myth-bust the main misconceptions of AI, along with algorithm creation and how we use this to automate different tasks. Learn the connection between algorithms, AI & automation.
  • Data – we explain how data isn’t just numbers and spreadsheets and how beneficial data is including the identifying key factors that you should consider when making decisions. We also define key data terminology.

If you would like to know more contact either:

Laura Myers – Lancashire Adult Learning –

David Seddon – Blackpool and the Fylde College –

Angela – The Extraordinary Club –


 Google for Education

Training for teachers/educators—starting with the fundamentals but also advanced training, devices training, certified trainer course, Digital Citizenship and Safety Course, Tools for Diverse Learners Training.

 Code with Google

Designed for students to explorer, advance and succeed in computer science

Applied Digital Skills

250+ hours of content for teachers to use to up skill themselves or use with students to teach digital skills.

Designed to be embedded in to any subject.

Workshops available for teachers.

National Centre for Computing Excellence

The National Centre for Computing Excellence has a range of options to support teachers to upskill to teach GCSE Computer Science confidently.

Computer Science Accelerator Programme

The Computer Science Accelerator Programme is a supportive development programme to help teachers confidently teach GCSE Computer Science – designed for teachers from non-specialist backgrounds who want to improve their knowledge of computer science and teach it at GCSE Level. 40 hours of CPD online and some face to face. Cover paid for.


Bursaries to state-funded schools and colleges across England that cover the cost of time out of the classroom for teachers attending CPD. These bursaries can contribute towards associated costs, including travel and supply cover. (£1500)

Online CPD

Online courses hosted by FutureLearn are available.

Network of Computing Hubs 

The National Centre for Computing Education is establishing a network of up to 40 Computing Hubs to deliver a school-led system of leadership of education across England. The network will be led by schools and colleges with an exceptional track record in teaching computing – Bishop Rawstone High School has been announce as a Computing Hub for Lancashire and will be coordinating training for Computer Science teaching staff. A similar model to the Stem Learning schools hubs (Ashton High lead on this). Read more about it here: and here:


Astro PI

Astro Pi – The European Astro Pi Challenge offers young people the amazing opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in space by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry Pi computers aboard the International Space Station. Astro Pi is an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Two challenges:

  • Mission Zero – a non-competitive mission for young people no older than 14. Write simple python program using free online tools – your code is guaranteed to run in space for 30 seconds. Launches 12th September.

  • Mission Space Lab – A scientific mission for young people no older than 19. Design an experiment, receive free computer hardware to work with and write the python code to carry it out. You code could run for 3 hours – two orbits – then you get your results back and can analyse them like a real space scientist! Launches 12th September.



The Edufuturists are Lancashire based group of teachers dedicated to informing and helping teachers learn more about technology and how to use it effectively with learners. They have a podcast, newsletter and blog to follow and run an annual Ed Tech Summit and Awards – ESA 2020 with take place at Burnley College – 09/07/2020 – register here.

The ICT Evangelist

The ICT Evangelist or Mark Anderson, is an expert on Ed-Tech and its use to enhance learning in a classroom. He has a great blog and a range of free resources—lots of ideas and tech tools with practical ways to use in the classroom – check out The Periodic Table of IOS Apps for AR and VR.

IBM Competitions

IBM Academic Initiative

The IBM Academic Initiative, in IBM’s words, allows and encourages faculty, students and researchers at accredited academic institutions to leverage IBM tools, courses, and other resources in the classroom. Their mission is to “to enable students to graduate with direct hands-on experience on “industrial strength” tools that will help them in their chosen career.” Lots of resources to look at under the additional resources tab including:

Master the Mainframe

This is the largest student mainframe competition in the world that takes place annually from September to December. This unique, virtual contest is open globally to high school (Pupils 13+) and college students that are interested in gaining skills in a real-world, enterprise computing environment. Through the program, you can win amazing prizes, while developing critical skills that are in hot demand by the world’s largest and most respected companies. Self-paced competition you can do anywhere in the world.

Call for Code 2020

Competition will launch in February 2020 and is open to teams of up to five participants who are at least 18 years old. Click here to read more about the Global 2019 winners – Team Prometeo



Tech We Can

Tech We Can is a free set of lesson packs. Lesson packs cover topics including:

  • Tech for communication & marketing
  • Tech for safety & security
  • Tech for education
  • Tech for health & inclusion
  • Tech for engineering & manufacturing
  • Tech for fun

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