Reporter 447, 21 February 2000

A highway to the classroom

Pupils at an inner city Leeds school are being helped to take their first steps on the information superhighway by University computer studies students.

Helping hand: Computing undergraduate Aubery Slade, right, with City of Leeds School student Saghir Ahmed

The IT mentoring scheme aims to increase the pupils’ computer and literacy skills. The year ten pupils at the City of Leeds school in Woodhouse are preparing to sit their GCSE exams this summer and talk to the University students at least once a week via email.

They also meet face-to-face regularly. Jacqui Tesselment of city and regional office said pupils selected for the e-mentoring scheme included those who were under-achieving and those with an enthusiasm for IT.

All pupils in the school now have access to email, which they use at break-times and after school. The school’s head of IT David Ralph said he was keen to encourage the pupils to use email to help overcome the prevailing idea that IT is about computer games. More information is available at the following web page

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