Since December, the Computing Department has been trialling the Duke of York’s iDEA Award with a pilot group of students from year 7 to H2.

The iDEA Award (Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) is made of courses that aim to develop digital, enterprise and employability skills through a series of interactive challenges. These challenges are all completed online through the online platform, and once complete they award points in key skill areas. Once a student has achieved enough points they are awarded a Bronze or Silver Award.

Despite only signing up in mid-December, one student has already completed enough courses to achieve his Bronze award, which arrived with compliments from the Duke of York this week.

Ethan Yang (H1.4) has earned the 250 points needed to receive his Bronze Award by completing a wide variety of badges in the Citizen, Worker, Maker and Entrepreneur badge categories. Of completing the Award, Ethan said, “I really enjoyed it because it helped me to improve my coding skills and I realised that there are many things that I didn’t know about the internet.” He now plans to earn his Silver Award.

Interested in taking part?

The iDEA Award is open to all TES students whether or not they study any formal Computing courses. If you would like to take part, email Mr Greenwood ( for details.