CS in Schools

CS in Schools is creating sustainable change in digital technology education. We help schools create relevant and meaningful education by creating industry connections with schools, providing a complete DigiTech pathway for all secondary students, and developing teacher confidence to teach digital technology.

Our programmes are free to schools and teachers.

Learn more about the 2020 programme in this video:

Why do we exist?

There will be over 100,000 new IT jobs created in Australia by 2024, but Australia only has 3,000 to 4,000 university-qualified IT graduates each year. We believe that university entrants aren’t choosing IT programmes because many don’t get the opportunity to study engaging digital technology courses at school. It’s critical for Australia’s future that we address this problem.

Today, most schools struggle to effectively teach the Australia Digital Technology Curriculum. In most cases, this is because there’s a shortage of teachers who feel qualified to teach coding. We exist to help schools and teachers solve this problem.

What do we do to help?

We help schools teach the Australian Digital Technology Curriculum, create industry connections, and build pathways to integrate digital technologies into all areas of the curriculum. We do this through a world-class, unique, and free in-class professional development experience for teachers.

We help students get ahead by bringing industry into schools and creating meaningful connections. We believe that by giving every student the opportunity to code, we’ll increase the pipeline of students who study and work in IT. We also believe that this will improve the diversity of the IT workforce.

We build long term relationships with schools and teachers. We provide professional development to teachers for up to six months each year, and help teachers build confidence and skills in teaching students to code. We build long term relationships and partnerships with school executives.

CS in Schools provides everything that’s needed for free: industry support, industry connections, lessons, assignments, a training workshop, an online community, and the software.

What programmes do we offer?

We work with schools to build digital technology pathways for their students from the junior secondary years onwards. Our ten week coding course for Year 7 and ten week follow-on course for Year 8 are where schools begin implementing our programmes.

For 2021, we are developing an industry-focused Year 9 elective course, where students work with our industry partners to solve a real-world challenge. This elective will also be available to Year 10s. In 2021, we will be working on programmes for Years 11 and 12.

If you’re interested in a CS in Schools partnership with your school for 2021, there’s more information here.

What does it cost?

CS in Schools is free to schools or teachers. It is funded by generous donations.

If you’re interested in contributing, you can donate. 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.

How do I learn more?

If you’re a school or a teacher, and you want to teach coding, start by visiting our schools page.

If you’re a computing professional, and you’d like to help a teacher in the classroom, start by visiting our volunteers page.

If you’d simply like to learn more, take a look at these resources: