Schools can get a ‘slice of the Pi’

Tony Platten and four students from Bede Academy in Blyth with a Raspberry Pi single board computer.
Tony Platten and four students from Bede Academy in Blyth with a Raspberry Pi single board computer.

North East philanthropist Tony Platten is helping primary schools across the region to purchase cutting edge Raspberry Pi technology.

They can receive ‘a slice of the Pi’ – with awards of £1,000 or £2,000 from the Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation’s Platten Family Fund.

The grants can be used to purchase the specialist equipment, with which they can enhance the computing curriculum and establish out-of-school coding clubs.

Northumberland schools that will benefit from this include Bede Academy in Blyth.

A Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive single board computer developed to promote the teaching of basic computer science.

Mr Platten said: “This is a fantastic, low cost and transformational bit of kit. I want schools and teachers to benefit from it in order that children develop the necessary skills to consider coding and computing as future careers.

“We have found that there is a significant appetite for schools to use Raspberry Pi in their computing curriculum and to establish after-school coding clubs for young people.

“I’m delighted to make this a possibility through this new school grants programme.”

He and wife Anne established the Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation in 2014.

All interested schools can visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply-groups and scroll down to the Platten Family Fund section and for more information, they can call Jon Goodwin on 0191 2220945.