CS in Schools is a philanthropic initiative at RMIT University that’s focused on helping high school teachers develop their confidence and competence in teaching coding.

Today, most schools struggle to teach coding: there’s a shortage of teachers who feel qualified to teach computer science, and most successful coding classes are run outside of school hours. We believe that today’s teachers can effectively teach coding if they’re supported through in-class professional development.

In 2019, we are piloting a programme with eight schools, and studying how successfully we can help teachers ramp-up their skills. We put volunteer software engineers in the classroom alongside school teachers, and together they deliver a coding subject and learn from each other. CS in Schools provides everything that’s needed: the volunteer, the lessons, assignments, software, and hardware (where needed by students). Our work with the school teacher is successful when the teacher doesn’t need us anymore, that is, they feel confident and competent at teaching students to code.

Our first programme is a Year 7, ten week coding subject. Beyond 2019, we plan to launch the programme to many more schools, and begin work on a more advanced subject for Year 8.

CS in Schools is supported by generous donations. CS in Schools is part of RMIT University, and RMIT University is a Deductible Gift Recipient. If you’re considering donating to support our work, please contact us.

To learn more, read our longer programme page or read about what’s been happening over the past month.