With the support of the DfE and Hackney Learning Trust we arranged for Python expert Shahid Khan to deliver an eight week Python evening course for Hackney's Computer Science teachers. Hosted by the Petchey Academy in Hackney the aim was to deliver Python training beyond the basics, to emulate the level of difficulty students will experience in exams beyond September 2014. The level of determination and rigour delivered by the diligent staff who attended during very busy times is applauded; it really was hard but very rewarding. Throughout the course, we developed teaching materials which pertain to the OCR Computing and Edexcel GCSE Computer Science GCSE. You are welcome to share them by accessing this public Beautiful Education Google Docs Folder
We are supporters of the Summerhill concept but we know it's not transferable to the grant maintained inner-city context. Well that's what we thought until we discovered Hackspace recommended to us by our tech training associate James Cadman. Hackspace on Hackney Road models what we believe to be the learning environment of the future, a place where you just turn up, choose what interests you, choose what you want to do, choose how to do it and choose when to do it. Staffed by friendly, approachable volunteers Hackspace is open 24 hours a day and the cost for all this? £10 a month sub. A truly amazing, inspirational find.
Funded by the DfE and Hackney Learning Trust, Beautiful Education will begin taking Hackney Computing teachers and students to Hackspace to inspire new teaching and learning strategies. We can't wait.