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Southampton dad makes career change to help get schoolkids into tech

Southampton dad makes career change to help get schoolkids into tech

Dad-of-two Stuart Harley has set up a technology education business, ComputerXplorers, to help children aged three to 13 in the Southampton area develop important computing skills while having fun.

After ten years working as a sales manager in the automotive industry, Stuart was inspired to start the business after watching his young sons aged two and three engage with technology. He left the car industry behind in October 2019 and took on ComputerXplorers in Southampton in December. Stuart is already working with a number of schools and nurseries.

ComputerXplorers’ lessons are aligned with the national curriculum and provide a focus on coding and programming as well as a range of other aspects of technology which support wider areas of learning. These include 3D modelling, which can improve spatial awareness and scientific thinking, as well as robotics and creative topics such as animation.

Lessons can be delivered during class time, for instance when teachers are away from the classroom for planning preparation and assessment (PPA) tasks. Stuart also offers afterschool and holiday clubs, and tailored lessons are available for pre-school children as young as three years old in nurseries and playgroups. 

ComputerXplorers enables schools to keep pace with the rapidly evolving world of technology education and give pupils the best possible start in life.

“Technology education is all about building foundational skills that children can build on as their abilities grow,” Stuart explains. “Primary schools need to give pupils opportunities to work independently and creatively with age-appropriate coding and programming platforms. In this way, they can see that technology is not something to ‘learn’ in the traditional sense, but something that can empower them to do exciting and interesting things. ComputerXplorers is geared towards this open-ended style of learning, where children are given guidance then allowed to experiment with their own creations.”

Interest in ComputerXplorers is high, and Stuart is already recruiting more teachers for his team in and around the Southampton area. He plans to extend the business further across the south and south west over the coming years.

“When today’s children enter the workforce, many jobs will require what we currently consider to be ‘advanced’ computing capabilities,” Stuart continues. “In the digital economy, skills like coding and programming are fundamental. It’s a privilege to help young people harness their natural enthusiasm for technology and give them opportunities to build valuable skills that will help them in the future.”

ComputerXplorers provides specialist computing lessons and clubs in primary schools, nurseries and other settings such as holiday clubs. They are run by fully trained, DBS-checked teachers that are enthused by technology and love passing this on to the children they work with. 
For further information on ComputerXplorers Southampton, visit: https://southampton.computerxplorers.co.uk/

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