Fourteen schools and colleges across the UK have been recognized for providing excellent cybersecurity teaching in the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC’s) CyberFirst Schools initiative.
The awards were given to six schools in Wales, five in Northern Ireland, two in north-eastern England and one in Gloucestershire. These institutions have demonstrated quality education in cybersecurity, including coding, Internet of Things (IoT), computing projects, among others, which will inspire a new generation of schoolboys and girls to follow this career path.
Through this initiative, the NCSC leads numerous schools and local communities to encourage younger people to study IT subjects and find a new passion.
The CyberFirst Schools programme is set to be expanded further in order to include more schools in areas such as Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Besides, institutions in Wales might be able to get support from the National Digital Exploitation Centre/Canolfan Ecsbloetio Ddigidol Genedlaethol, a Thales-backed initiative to promote the digital economy in Wales.
The Digital minister pointed out the increased need to see a new generation of talented tech experts to specialize in cybersecurity so as to protect online spaces and he believes that this initiative will only help grow the country’s economy to better come back from this pandemic.
The 14 recognised CyberFirst Schools and Colleges across the UK are:
- Cardiff High School, Cardiff – Gold
- Cardiff and Vale College, Cardiff – Gold
- Coleg Cambria, North East Wales – Gold
- Saint Ronan’s College, Lurgan – Gold
- Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Cardiff – Silver
- Denmark Road High School, Gloucester – Silver
- North East Futures UTC, Newcastle Upon Tyne – Silver
- Royal Grammar School Newcastle – Silver
- Rougemont School, Newport – Silver
- South Eastern Regional College, Co. Down – Silver
- St Joseph’s RC High School, Newport – Silver
- St Patrick’s College Dungannon – Silver
- Dalriada School, Ballymoney – Bronze
- Knockevin Special School, Downpatrick – Bronze