Leighton have recently joined the nationwide initiative that is Code Club. Code Club is a volunteer-led after school scheme which teaches young people, aged 9-11 how to code and develop sites. Through the Code Club site, projects are created for volunteers to teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites.

We’ve teamed up with Newbottle Primary School to deliver weekly, hour-long sessions to their pupils. Leading the after school club is our Front End Developer, Neville Auffret. So far, Neville has taught the basics of coding languages such as HTML and CSS. The pupils have learnt how to add text, links and images to a site. At the end of the course, they will have created a fully functioning website.

Neville added: “It’s great to see so many young people getting involved in coding. They have a great enthusiasm for different technologies, even from such a  young age. It was really surprising how quickly they grasped the concept of the different languages and the terminology”

Leighton are really pleased to be taking part in Code Club. The initiative helps to make young people aware of coding and how it works. Hopefully it’s encouraging young people to take an interest in web development and shaping some really talented developers for the future.