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Raspberry Pi enjoyed by Ludgvan students

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

Raspberry Pi enjoyed by Ludgvan pupils

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THREE months ago Ludgvan School became the first school in the county to be rated as outstanding in every category under Ofsted’s new framework.

Amid all the glowing comments made about the school by inspectors, there was however just one area where it was felt there could be improvement.

Inspectors said that provision for information and communication technology (ICT) needed to be put in place to support the new curriculum.

School principal Chris Mottram vowed to make those changes and recently that process has started.

Mr Mottram said: “Year 6 pupils recently took part in a special training session after we were given 10 Raspberry Pi devices by the company.

“The training will support the new computing curriculum which will start in September and replace ICT.

“Dave Honess, from Raspberry Pi, took a morning out of his busy schedule to give the pupils and staff some free training on how to use the devices.

“The children were mesmerised by the session and learnt some great skills and Dave has offered to deliver some additional training to more pupils and staff in the future.

“We are so lucky to have such a kind gesture come our way. We are extremely grateful for the time and knowledge that Dave shared with us.”

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.

It enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to programme in languages like Scratch and Python.

It’s also capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

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