The London Connected Learning Centre, in partnership with IBM have been awarded a Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for their work supporting primary school teachers in the teaching of Computing. The CLC has been working with IBM for nearly 15 years, supporting their community team in delivering their CSR programme. The Dragon Award for Education and Lifelong Learning, recognises the effectiveness of this partnership in raising aspirations and improving educational attainment for young people.
“IBM has benefited from the deep expertise that London Connected Learning Centre possesses in delivering digital education for teachers, to implement a programme of professional development for teachers that on our own we would have been unable to do.” – Mark Wakefield, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager, IBM UK
Over the past 15 years IBM has worked with the CLC in variety of ways; donating equipment to its family learning programmes, providing computing mentors for CLC schools and more recently in the co-creation and delivery of a computing summer school for primary subject leaders.
While the London Connected Learning Centre has the teaching/learning expertise, IBM offers the teachers insight into computing in practice. The summer schools have included visits to the IBM innovation lab to explore technologies of the future whilst also giving teachers an understanding of IBM’s involvement in Wimbledon and other sporting tournaments. Summer schools have run in London and Manchester with hopes of expanding its reach in 2016.
‘The course provided so much to take away and enhance my teaching and my pupils’ learning. It was really inspiring – and all done in an achievable way ‘ Subject Leader, South London
Read more about the award and our partnership with IBM HERE