The secret behind Ballot Street Spice success

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Written by Nicholas Clitheroe, RIO Consultant Having been shortlisted for the TES Community and Collaboration Award, we ask what makes Ballot Street Spice, the only school-based social enterprise to be nominated, so special? It’s all about parents, children and teachers working together, creating a REAL focus and there is nothing like running a business to make it real! Real products,…

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Digital Futures: Engage – what’s it all about?

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We want to inspire, open doors, create thoughts and improve futures Thinking back to those teenage days; what to do with our lives; what A-levels we’d do, what ‘job’ we might strive for, what road we might travel; we all remember a time when a conversation, an experience or an event stuck in our minds and influenced future decisions. I…

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Getting to grips with all things digital

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Written by Claire Honey, RIO Consultant As a social enterprise that works with schools and young people – with an ambition to help young people to create a better future for themselves by unearthing and nurturing their interests, aptitudes and passions – we are constantly on the look-out for changes in the economy, trends in skills gaps, opportunities for young…

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Our Way Tech – it’s time to talk about the past, present and future…

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Written by Claire Honey, RIO Consultant The past year has been a demanding one for Our Way Tech; they’ve had exams, moved on to 6th form or college, and ventured into the world of A-levels, courses (including RIO’s Social Enterprise Qualification) and part-time jobs. In addition to this they have been exploring concepts, playing with tech, working with their existing…

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Open Data Play event download

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RIO worked with Devonport High School for Boys and iDAT to organise the first of many Data Play events for the Plymouth community. The first event, which was held on Friday 27th November, gave the community a chance to find out more about the digital sector and those organisations who work in the digital industry. It also gave them a…

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Great opportunity for digital creatives

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Royal Historic Palaces are looking for playful ways to bring to life the beautiful, unique and quirky character of The Great Pagoda and create an inimitable experience for visitors. Historic Royal Palaces will fund up to five prototypes or concept ideas that they believe have the potential to create a magical experience for visitors within this challenging and inspiring building….

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Tech volunteering – an insight by Nesta

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Nesta has identified a sweet-spot between the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) benefits of employee volunteering and the commercial imperative to fill the digital skills gap. In collaboration with the Tech Partnership, and in consultation with many companies and digital learning providers, they have published some guidance for employers thinking about setting up an employee volunteering programme to support young digital…

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BBC’s Make It Digital provides multiple opportunities for eager gamers

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With the launch of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative comes the opportunity to learn to code, get creative with programming and digital technology, or explore the world of animation and filmmaking by joining free online digital creativity courses from top universities and specialist organisations. Courses are being run by top digital and creative organisations and educational establishments across the…

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