Parkgate Primary School

Opening the Gate to Success


Parkgate Primary School

Gifted and Talented in Computing


Gifted and Talented learners in Computing at Parkgate are 'talent spotted' during their computing sessions. Added to this, children who feel that they have extended experience at home or outside of school within computing and are able to talk confidently about their experiences will be included in the extra provision.

Once selected, children embark on the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA).  Sessions take place each week either at lunchtime or on a Friday afternoon, allowing children the opportunity to work towards a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award.

Last year, 19 children received the Bronze Award.

Our aim this year is to introduce more children to the award at an earlier age.  Starting in Year 4.


Gifted and Talented children in Computing

  • Learn and apply new software rapidly to enhance data manipulation or solve problems
  • Evaluate new software, hardware and applications analytically, using prior learning and experience to anticipate performance issues
  • Use experimentation and initiative to troubleshoot problems and/or gain a much higher level of performance from a range of systems
  • Break down larger tasks into a logical sequence of work, manage groups effectively
  • Customise the performance of software or hardware to their own specific needs
  • Work quickly, intuitively, transferring skills and knowledge from one area to another
  • Are interested in coding as a means of creating solutions to problems – or for fun
  • Understand the needs of users, the social, cultural, historical or aesthetic influences on use of information technology and apply this to provide appropriate products or solutions
  • Explore topics independently, showing clear awareness of the validity of sources
  • Can explain complex work and issues logically, often with humour


Beyond the Classroom children:

  • Enjoy Lego Robotiks, Raspberry Pi and similar construction challenges
  • Create extensive, complex Minecraft worlds
  • Follow news stories which feature issues relevant to computing such as piracy, intellectual copyright, privacy, the launch of new products
  • Use the internet to teach themselves more about coding, computing and products
  • Create or update websites to support voluntary organisations or charities
  • Are depended on to troubleshoot the computing problems of others
  • Use computing creatively, for example with digital photography or film, for pleasure
  • Complete badges / Awards through the 'inspiring Digital Leaders Award'


The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, aims to equip people with digital and enterprise skills. Wherever they are – on the bus, in the library, at school or in their bedroom, people can access resources to inspire them for their future careers and help unlock their potential.

Inspired by The Duke of Edinburgh Award (which has supported 8 million young people since its inception), iDEA helps young people learn how to make, create, build and shine in the digital world.

How iDEA works

Learners take part in a series of challenges in order to win awards. For every new skill and learning experience mastered, iDEA learners are awarded a digital badge. Each badge carries a number of points. When participants earn enough points, they are awarded the Bronze, Silver or Gold Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award.

There are badges which can help you to be safe online, and pick up tips and techniques on topics such as web design, cyber security, cloud computing, animation and how to use colours in digital creations.

Digital skills are all about developing the ability to tell a computer what to do, to make, to build, to get creative and to gain confidence. Enterprise skills set you up for success in the world of work. iDEA helps equip people to be digital workers, makers, entrepreneurs, gamers and citizens of the future.


iDEA is a nationally recognised Award that will help people stand out from the crowd and become economically active.