A summer of coding and other stories
Looking ahead to what we at codetoday are up to over the coming months
It's sunny. It's hot. It's Summer.
For a few days at least.
As with all companies (and individuals), the past few months have been very different, very busy and also very productive at codetoday HQ. Our aim remains, as it has been from the start, to bring a serious and thorough approach to kids' coding, using Python. We also want to help those adults who wish to start learning programming.
We are now looking forward to return to normal soon.
Except that we are not. Codetoday is moving forwards and upwards as we grow.
A brief glimpse to the past months
Over the Easter Holidays we have launched our Live Online courses programme for children and teenagers and our learning platform to support this format. These courses are designed to give the best of both worlds: live sessions with small groups led by our experienced instructors, and on-demand content on our learning platform that can be accessed whenever a student wants, and how often they want.
This format has proved extremely popular — despite the fact we've only been running these courses since Easter, well over 50% of our new clients have already attended a second course, and more are booking into our higher level courses over the Summer. Parents and children have loved these courses both for their content (which is based on our tried and tested curriculum) and their format. Each session is just one hour long which means that the course can fit with other activities, both during term time and during holidays, and also keeps Zoom-time to a minimum. But each lesson also comes with additional videos, notes, quizzes and more, and our ongoing support of course.
We have also starting running our courses for adult beginners in a more flexible, on-demand and remote format.
A brief glimpse to the future
We have always been clear that our online provision is here to stay beyond the COVID period — this is a format we have been working hard on for a while and the current situation simply made us speed things up a bit.
Live Online courses will run during holidays and during term time, throughout the whole year and we run courses at all levels, starting from the all important fundamentals and moving on to more intermediate and advanced topics.
We have our busiest programme of summer holidays coding courses ever starting soon.
But our face to face, in person courses will return, initially in our London locations but eventually beyond as well. At the moment we are planning to resume face-to-face private courses starting in September and holiday courses starting from October half term. Plans may need to change depending on government guidelines but we hope and expect that restrictions will be gone or very minimal by then.
As we become a national and international company, we remain 'local' at heart
Five years ago, codetoday started off as a very small local provider in a small patch of North West London. We now have students joining us from across the whole of the UK and internationally. However as we grow, we are very keen to maintain that "local" mindset which is central to who we are. We want parents to be able to contact us at any time and get honest advise from us and we want to go the extra mile to help our students and their parents.
2020 will see some more changes at codetoday as we get ready for reaching more people and teaching more students of all ages. However we won't compromise on our ethos or our exceptional standards as we do so.
Watch this space…