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Digital Schoolhouse

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

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.

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

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

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) together with Nintendo UK is delivered by the UK games industry trade body Ukie and is backed by the creative digital industries and government. Sponsors include PlayStation®, SEGA, Ubisoft and Outright Games.

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In response to an outdated ICT education and with recommendations from the NextGen Skills Report, the new Computing curriculum was launched in 2014.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. 

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 reached 10,000 pupils in schools & colleges across the UK this academic year. Read more.

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Sign up - live workshops! | Digital Schoolhouse
Join teacher Estelle, as she guides your little learners through free Computer Science workshops designed for learning at home. Parents and carers are welcome to join in or sit back (relax!) and supervise nearby. Playback your favourite workshops or register for brand new live workshops here.
Games are good: a comprehensive list of game-centric and game-adjacent teaching resources | Digital Schoolhouse
With the current school closures, the vast majority of children are currently being home schooled and we want to provide you with a comprehensive list of resources that you could use to engage your little gamer with something that is both educational and fun! This list includes Digital Schoolhouse's own workshop resources which are suitable for delivering at home. Most workshops would normally be delivered over several hours, giving you plenty of content for your learner to get their teeth into. You access editable versions of these resources, you just need to sign up here for free. We have also called on the knowledge base of our lead teachers; asking them to contribute their favourite resources that make use of video games (both educational games and recreational games that have an educational twist) or that teach game design or the video games industry.
One Minute Mentor - Immersive careers education for the new generation
One Minute Mentor is part of Digital Schoolhouse’s immersive careers education which seeks to connect young people with careers opportunities through unique and engaging content such as the annual esports tournament. One Minute Mentor (OMM) is a careers resource which aims to inspire pupils with the breadth of roles available in the creative digital sector through punchy, digestible videos hosted on our YouTube channel. This resource features a library of one-minute videos created by industry professionals to educate aspiring pupils on careers pathways they might not have otherwise considered. DISCOVER OUR LIBRARY OF INSPIRATIONAL ONE MINUTE MENTOR VIDEOS
10 unplugged activities to teach computing at home with everyday household objects  | Digital Schoolhouse
We’re here to support teachers, parents and anyone who loves computer science with our variety of ‘unplugged’ playful computing* activities that use everyday household objects, so grab the playdough and dust off that jigsaw!  *Unplugged computing is the collective noun given to activities that are designed to teach computational thinking skills, computing concepts, procedures and processes without the use of any digital technology. For example, activities may make use of resources such as playing cards, string and playdough.  Here at Digital Schoolhouse, our aim is to engage young people with ingenious, out-of-the-box computing and as classrooms begin to close there is no reason why you can’t occupy curious minds, at home, with these simple educational activities.    You may notice that some of the language within these activities is tailored towards teachers, however they really are accessible for parents to replicate at home too - the Ukie team have long been our guinea pigs!  So, while away some time by teaching your littluns key computational thinking concepts, in addition to exploring different subjects from English to Physics. Discover 10 unplugged activities to teach computing at home here.
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