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Ukie's Digital Schoolhouse together with Nintendo UK, uses play-based learning to engage the next generation with Computing.

Digital Schoolhouse

United Kingdom
Our ingenious computing workshops are aimed at local primary schools across the UK. Delivered by our expert network of Schoolhouses and lead teachers, you can experience our unique approach to play-based learning through innovative activities and free adaptable resources. Underpinned by evidence-based research and combined with groundbreaking careers education, the programme successfully bridges the gap between academia and industry, to ensure pupils are aptly equipped for the future digital economy.

Bridging the gap between education & industry to equip the next generation for a digital age.

“The level of training and sharing of good practice they have introduced me to is simply unrivalled by any other organisation I have encountered.”

John Stitt, Lead Teacher, De La Salle College

Digital Schoolhouse is a not-for-profit programme which enables primary schools to experience free creative computing workshops from their local Schoolhouse. Combined with ingenious computing, the programme also engages thousands of students with its pioneering and immersive careers education. Schoolhouses are not charged for their participation in the programme, nor for the support that they receive. 

Digital Schoolhouse (DSH) is delivered by the UK games industry trade body Ukie and is supported by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). 

Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: pivoting our model 

We’re passionate about helping parents, teachers and computer science lovers gain free access to amazing resources that teach Computing in a fun, out-of-the-box way. Since classroom closures, we've created a library of Computing content for parents including live-streamed workshops, to deliver lessons at home in a simple way. Activities are suitable for ages 5 through to 16 years. 

Explore our library of follow-along videos here.


In response to an outdated ICT education and with recommendations from the NextGen Skills Report, the new Computing curriculum was launched in 2014. This was a breakthrough. By aiming to equip pupils with relevant digital skills, it would enable the next generation to succeed in a digital economy, whilst encouraging homegrown talent. With such revolutionary news, reactions within the education sector were mixed. Whilst some teachers jumped for joy (like us!), others felt uncertain about implementing the new curriculum. 

Digital Schoolhouse was ready to provide a solution. With seed funding from the Mayor of London's Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) and expertise from Mark Dorling and Shahneila Saaed, the DSH programme was to be rolled out across the UK.


By helping teachers to explore and innovate ways to approach the new curriculum, as well as developing resources and CPD training, Ukie's Digital Schoolhouse was welcomed with open arms. 

Starting with only 9 Schoolhouses in 2014, our network is now 56 strong and predicted to reach 32,000 pupils and 4000+ teachers over the next academic year.

What we do

The programme has a wholistic approach to the improvement of computing education, everything from teacher CPD, to engaging classroom resources and innovative careers education. 

Workshops - find your nearest Schoolhouse to book a workshop visit.

Online Resource Library - free to download resources using play-based learning.

Esports in education - Together with Nintendo Switch, the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle is expected to reach over 6000 pupils in schools & colleges across the UK this academic year. Read more.

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Innovation Overview
Target Group
60 000
Tips for implementation
Download our free resources or book a workshop at your local Schoolhouse here:
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