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Mayfield School broadens horizons with computing fair

PUBLISHED: 13:47 12 December 2014 | UPDATED: 15:24 12 December 2014

Students conduct proceedings at Mayfield School's computer and business fair

Students conduct proceedings at Mayfield School's computer and business fair

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A school hosted a computing and business fair on Wednesday with the hope of inspiring its pupils to pursue careers in the information technology industry.

Students conduct proceedings at Mayfield School's computer and business fairStudents conduct proceedings at Mayfield School's computer and business fair

Mayfield School in Pedley Road, Goodmayes, invited pupils and their parents to the after school event, aimed at showing the importance of academic subjects and the opportunities they present.

Mahvish Hashmi, faculty lead for business and computing, said: “There is a skills gap in the computing industry.

“IT organisations are hiring from abroad so schools have scrapped IT, replacing it with computing and computer science.

“Now children are taught vital skills, like coding, instead.”

Students conduct proceedings at Mayfield School's computer and business fairStudents conduct proceedings at Mayfield School's computer and business fair

The school’s goal is for students to teach computing skills to others in the community.

Ms Hashmi continued: “Pupils were enquiring, parents were praising and other schools were complimentary. 
“There was such a buzz. A group of year six students said how excited they are to come to Mayfield School in September and a Year 13 student, who was unsure of what to study at university, now knows for sure that she want to pursue computing.”


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