District-wide Digital Transformation in Secondary School Education
Leveraging the interantionally renowned Born in Bradford project (tracking the lives of 30,000+ students through the 38 secondary schools in Bradford), Digital Makers is adopting a whole-system place-based approach to ensure the next generation of school leavers are digitally literate.
Our Vision : To use science to build the next generation of the digital talent pipeline, bridge the skills gap blocking employment and give young people the ability to protect themselves in an increasingly hostile digital world.
Our Research : A response to the needs articulated by policymakers and our children and young people - and a vehicle that will allow Digital Makers to realise its potential by developing solutions to problems that are properly understood through the tools of science.
We are mapping the multiple factors that contribute to digital inequalities, building on a robust framework, and auditing the digital capacity of Bradford's secondary schools to understand the intersection abd interaction of factors including capacity, access, participation and experiences as a function of ethnicity, place and disadvantage.
Looking at the wider implications of computing from the perspective of digital media and arts, online safety, digital citizenship, and cultural impact.
Digital Makers is overseen by an Executive Steering Group – chaired by the CEO of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. The Programme brings schools together with industry, policy makers, universities, cultural organisations, and the NHS to learn how to transform digital education for young people.