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School Trio Off to Westminster

14th Jul 2014

School Trio Off to Westminster

Three pupils from Hilton Academy in Blakelaw, which is sponsored by the not-for-profit charity, Northern Education Trust, are heading down to Westminster on 8th July for a chance to meet with MPs as part of the Girls Get Coding 2014 initiative.

Year 5 students Jodie Fletcher, Amy Train and Tilly Milson have been selected to represent Hilton Academy on the exciting trip to London.

The Girls Get Coding visit provides schools with a chance to showcase the technology skills of girls aged 10-12 to MPs and parliamentarians at no cost to the school.

While at Westminster Jodie, Amy and Tilly will demonstrate their expertise, teach MPs how to do some simple programming tasks and award a certificate to the MP they teach. During their visit the students will also have fun with other educational activities which culminate in a celebratory tea and reception.?

Although a great many schools from around the country applied to attend the event only 35 schools will be represented on the day.

Speaking about this great opportunity for the trio to demonstrate the coding skills they have already gained, Hilton Academy?s lead teacher for creative enquiry, John Quinn said:

?We are delighted that our school has been chosen to take part in a visit to Westminster. In September of this year a new computing curriculum comes into effect and we are working hard with our students to prepare them for that.?The Girls Get Coding initiative is a great idea and hopefully will help to keep girls engaged in technology at an age when research shows they often lose interest.?

All three girls are looking forward to making the trip to London and meeting with MPs, in particular local MP Chi Onwurah who regularly campaigns and encourages girls to take up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and consider a related career such as engineering.??

Jodie Fletcher added:

?It?s really exciting that we are going to the Palace of Westminster. ?I?m practising coding at home on my laptop so that I can show the MPs what we have been learning.?

Roger Alston, chief executive of the Northern Education Trust, commented:?

?For the Trust to have one of its schools competing when there are only 35 nationally is quite an achievement and we are very much looking forward to hearing how they get on.? Northern Education Trust is committed to supporting and encouraging equality of opportunity for all but particularly keen to promote the role of women with STEM subjects.?