As part of our boys’ increasing provision of digital learning opportunities, we launched the Cyber Discovery programme during November with over 30 boys enthusiastically taking up the challenge. The programme, an initiative by HM Government, is an extracurricular programme for pupils aged 14-18 across the UK, and aims to develop skills in logic, mathematics, computer science and cyber security. Top participants are invited to move up through various stages, with the most elite in the country eventually being invited on a cyber-security camp in the summer.

We are also excited to be offering the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) from January 2019. iDEA is a programme that helps pupils develop digital, enterprise and employability skills. Through a series of online challenges and events, pupils can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised awards that help them stand out from the crowd. iDEA is for any boy at Bedford School who wants to develop his digital skills. As with the Duke of Edinburgh Award, it is offered at Bronze, Silver and Gold level. Certificates are issued from Buckingham Palace, with the Palace’s embossed seal. More information will be available in January.

Director of Digital Learning Dr Albin Wallace said, “The programme aims to help us to provide effective and engaging digital skills education, and to inspire our pupils to be better equipped for the digital world. Our aim in implementing iDEA is to support the development and accreditation of digital skills, thereby allowing pupils more opportunities to become economically active.”

If you would like further information, please contact Dr Albin Wallace directly.

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