Ukie’s current esports initiatives include developing new esports qualifications and expanding our Digital Schoolhouse esports competition to give over 1,000 children from schools all over the country to compete against each other and get a taste of the wide range of roles that make up esports. And as the main point of contact for government policy and regulation relating to esports in the UK, we will be calling for more support from government for esports in this country. Here's what we've been upto in the esports space recently:
Last week at our AGM at EGX in Birmingham, our Digital Schoolhouse (DSH) initiative announced its brand new RED sponsorship tier.
Always seeking to realise it’s vision, DSH’s presence at EGX demonstrates just how vital we believe cutting-edge expertise from the games industry is, alongside academic expertise in our classrooms. By introducing the new threshold sponsorship entry of £4500, we present more games businesses with the opportunity to support the delivery of this nationwide initiative.
Digital Schoolhouse needs your help to teach Games Design to Primary School Pupils
After the growing success of the Digital Schoolhouse with the current set of resources, it is time to turn our attention to developing a new set of inspirational workshops. And what inspires pupils more than a highly engaging game?
Check out the project's Facebook page to see the kind of approaches to programming the workshops take.
The Digital Schoolhouse is making a difference!
It’s proven; that after only a month of workshops, initial findings indicate that the Digital Schoolhouse improves teaching pedagogy and pupil achievement. Digital Schoolhouse lead teachers have reported that the training and process of planning and delivering workshops has improved their knowledge and understanding of teaching pedagogy and had a positive impact on improving their teaching techniques from KS2 – KS5.
The Digital Schoolhouse has gotten off to an explosive start this year. Since the Digital Schoolhouses opened their doors less than a month ago, we have already worked with approx. 500 pupils and have run over 17 workshops so far. Initial confirmed bookings are indicating that by the end of November approximately 1000 pupils or more will have walked through our doors and left feeling inspired. Initial feedback from schools has been highly positive, and primary schools are already booking return visits for their pupils.
Announcing our new 2015 Board and two new initiatives for the UK games sector
We used our AGM last Thursday at EGX to announce our new Board members and two new initiatives for the UK games sector - The Games Industry Cluster Map project and the Digital Schoolhouse project.
Ukie calls for a new routemap for teacher training in the new Computing Curriculum
(Picture : Baroness Morgan of Huyton - Chair of House of Lords select committee on digital skills )
Ukie has responded to the House of Lords Select Committee investigation into Digital Skills, launched earlier this year, by calling for a new routemap for teacher training in the new Computing curriculum to span the rest of the decade.
New Computing curriculum officially launches today