Video: Tideway School in Newhaven thrilled with funding for computer skills

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Tideway School in Newhaven has received £2,500 from the BT Internet Rangers awards scheme for its unique idea to combine improving computer skills with learning about the First World War.

Internet Rangers is part of BT’s Get IT Together programme that helps people to get online and make the most of the internet.

Tideway school BT award.''Peter Cowen (BT) with Jim Fanning (deputy head) and kids

Tideway school BT award.''Peter Cowen (BT) with Jim Fanning (deputy head) and kids

The school was delighted with the award which will help students learn computer skills and find out more about local history.

Assistant head teacher at Tideway School, Jim Fanning, said: “Our area has a strong interest in World War One.

“Newhaven Harbour became the main military supply port for the British Expeditionary Force in France and many residents of the town are very curious to find out more.

“By winning this award, we will be able to teach our students new skills, which will be useful to them in the future and we will also be providing access to online resources for the older generation in the area.

“Learning from the students, the attendees of the events will be able to acquire skills needed to find out more about the war and they may even find information about their family history, which they were never aware of.

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity and excited to see what our students will accomplish.”

The awards scheme rewards schools, which support pupils teaching computer skills to local people.

First World War studies are included in Tideway’s curriculum in recognition of Newhaven’s role in the conflict and now the school is combining the interest of local residents in the war with training on how to use technology.

It will host a series of four week training courses based on World War One.

Pupils of the school will play a vital role, acting as e-moderators and tutors to the attendees.

The course will take place in a variety of environments including the school in Southdown Road and Newhaven Fort, which played an important part in the town’s World War One history.

A local historian will lead some training days, taking course attendees and pupils on field trips to other sites important to the region’s war history.

One example of a field trip is a tour of the soldiers’ cemetery where pupils will be able to show trainees how to use computer tablets to find information instantly while on the move.

The first group of trainees will be members of pupils’ families and the school hopes to invite residents of the local senior citizens club in the future. To find out more about the BT Internet Rangers Scheme visit www.bt.com/internetrangers.