Hosting a Code Club at your venue
Hosting a club
Code Club is a fun, volunteer-led after school activity that will teach children how to make video games, websites and other exciting things! Our projects have been written for children who are 9-11 years old based on average literacy and numeracy levels for this age group.
You must make sure a member of staff is available to help run the Code Club every week - our volunteers are never to be left in loco parentis. This member of staff does not need to know anything about coding but it's a great chance for them to learn. Clubs are most successful when teachers and volunteers work together combining their classroom management and programming powers!
You can now sign up to register a non-school venue, such as a library, to run a Code Club. Finding a volunteer and setting up the club works in exactly the same way. However, you'll need parental permission for each child taking part. Your volunteer will be given an email link to send out to parents.
Finding a volunteer
We currently have hundreds of schools registered with us who are looking for a volunteer - this means that we've started asking schools and other venues to be a bit more proactive whilst we go recruitment crazy behind the scenes.
Once you've found them, ask them to register as a volunteer and you can find each other via the site and activate your club.
You can still search for a volunteer if you wish - but please be patient as volunteers are being inundated with requests at the moment.
Lots of teachers run clubs themselves without a volunteer - take a look at our club learning materials and see if you think this is something you could do too.
We have created online training for our volunteers and we run 'real life' training sessions too. If you're thinking of running a club yourself, the training could be just the thing to get you started.
Please note: Code Club does not interview volunteers - it is your job as a venue to find out more about the volunteer and check you are happy for them to work in your school once a week.
What does a Code Club look like?
Code Club is a group of 10-15 children learning to program under the expert guidance of a computer programmer.
Our projects are fun, creative and will help your children understand how to solve problems by breaking them down into smaller problems.
Our first set of projects uses Scratch which is software you download from the internet. We encourage children to carry on with their projects at home if they have enjoyed them.
How do I get Code Club at my venue?
Search within your local community or on this site for a volunteer.
Arrange to meet your volunteer, find out more about them and check that you are happy for them to work in your school or venue once a week.
Discuss the timings and size of club. Agree to who is sorting out the DBS check and insurance (you or STEM Ambassadors). It is your responsibility to ensure your volunteer has had the correct checks and is fully insured. See our Terms and Conditions.
Sign up children to your club and follow your usual parental permission procedures.
Make sure the volunteer has everything they need to run the club.
What to expect
Your volunteer will need to register your Code Club on our website.
Your volunteer might need to use your printer/colour photocopier each week as each child/pair of children will need a printed set of project instructions to work with each week.
You will need to make sure that all the computers you plan to use have Scratch downloaded and that the volunteer is familiar with the IT set up and policies at your venue.
How to help your volunteer
Once you have a volunteer there are some things you need to do to get your club formally set up.
Make sure your volunteer knows they need a DBS check. It is your responsibility to make sure they have all the necessary checks and insurance before they come to volunteer at your venue.
They can find out how to get one through STEM Ambassadors Programme. You will need to provide them with some information in order for them to complete the form.
Now you need to get the kids interested! It would be great if you can invite your volunteer into school to do an assembly about Code Club so they can tell the kids what they’ll be doing and what it will be like. Or if you are a public venue then put up posters to publicise it.
Got more questions?
You can bet we've answered them before.
Search for a volunteer
Volunteers can now register as looking for a venue. Search for your nearest volunteers and contact them.
Write to the parent body
Write to the parents asking if they are a programmer and would they like to volunteer. Here's a template letter.
Put up a poster requesting a volunteer
Put ups this poster on notice boards in your local area asking for a volunteer to step forward.