Norfolk primary schools to take digital tips and tricks into communities with £25,000 grant

Headteacher Chris Aitken with pupils at Horning Primary School, celebrating their £25,000 win from the Aviva Community Fund. PIcture: Horning Primary School

Headteacher Chris Aitken with pupils at Horning Primary School, celebrating their £25,000 win from the Aviva Community Fund. PIcture: Horning Primary School


Primary pupils in Norfolk will pass on digital tips and tricks to their communities after winning a £25,000 grant to launch a scheme.

Cantley and Horning primary schools’ bid for cash from the Aviva Community Fund to launch an initiative helping others brush up on their tech skills.

And this week they discovered they had won in their category, earning them a grant of £25,000.

Though the idea was initially centred around a bus they could revamp, after poring over spreadsheets they settled on running pop-up events in the community.

It will see pupils lead classes in nearby communities, in which they pass on skills learnt in school to people who may be less computer literate.

Headteacher Chris Aitken said it was the “same project with the same outcomes” - just without a bus.

“The vast majority of the money will be spent on upgrading our technology,” he said.

“So that will include portable devices such as laptops and tablets that we can take out.”

He said the sessions would mainly focus on communication in technology, with some covering email, sending photographs, using social networks and shopping online.

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“They will be easy ways of communicating,” he said, “but ones that for members of the community who are not digitally literate can be difficult.”

For example, he said, one session might focus on various methods of how grandparents could send and receive pictures of their grandchildren.

Lessons will be held both in school and at community venues, such as local village halls, with the project initially involving both schools’ year six and seven pupils.

He said it was part of the federated schools’ Everyone Leaves Ready drive, which has eight aims - including adding resilience as a core subject, removing traditional homework and boosting children’s self-esteem

In July, Mr Aitken revealed that homework would be scrapped at both schools, with pupils instead encouraged to spend time doing activities with their families.

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