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How the NDEC can help schools

The NDEC offers support for all ages, from primary, right through to further education. Please see below for our current opportunities.

We are also interested in speaking to schools to see how we can offer more bespoke support. If you have an event coming up that you feel would benefit from engagement with us, or suggestions for activities that would be valuable to students, please contact us at enquiries@ndec.org.uk and we will see what we can do.

We must also state that all opportunities below are subject to covid-19 related restrictions at this time. We cannot guarantee that these activities will be allowed to take place this academic year however, in this event, we will endeavour to provide a virtual/digital version where possible.

Primary

Our first focus at primary level is on making sure students know how to keep safe online, so that they can make the most of the digital world. Next, through fun and engaging activities we make the cyber industry come to life, so that learners know from the get-go that cyber is here in Wales and open to them.

Cyber Heroes

In collaboration with Digital Communities Wales, we have created a follow on to the Digital Heroes Project, which organises intergenerational partnerships between schools, and care settings or community groups. Whilst Digital Heroes trains pupils in digital inclusion, so that they can impart that knowledge on their elderly friends, Cyber Heroes gives learners a hands-on workshop in internet safety, in which they create a video to share with their paired setting.

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In this way, the pupils become the teachers themselves, so that they fully embed their new cyber skills, whilst actively helping to spread the message of online safety throughout the community.

Audience: Years 5 and 6
Duration: 2 hours
Class Size: Up to 35
Available: All year round

Regional Consortia Cyber Workshops

Look out for these workshops organised through the regional education consortia for fun-filled activities, which teach online safety whilst sparking interest in the world of cyber. Pupils will be introduced to key cyber concepts like encryption and digital forensics through activities like secret message writing and treasure hunts.

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Audience: Years 3, 4 and 5
Duration: Half a day
Class size: Variable
Available: Summer term

Cyber Squad

Developed as a new addition to the First Campus Primary Aspirations programme, Cyber Squad is all about helping pupils to envision their future during the vital transition phase from primary into secondary school. The workshop is a fun introduction to what cyber is and where it can take you. Year 6 pupils will take part in a morning or afternoon of interactive cyber activities, usually with other pupils from their future secondary school, to aid the transition process whilst raising aspirations!

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Audience: Year 6
Duration: Half a day
Class Size: Variable
Available: Summer term

Welsh Valleys Engineering Project

The NDEC is collaborating with the Welsh Valleys Engineering Project to show learners from primary schools across Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil what it is like to be a Cyber Security Engineer. Working closely with the schools, a real-life engineer develops an investigative project for students to learn about key cyber concepts, whilst having fun and demystifying what it means to work in cyber.

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Audience: Key stage 2
Duration: Recurring sessions throughout the academic year
Class Size: Variable
Available: Winter term

Secondary

Our work at secondary level is all about encouraging students to consider cyber and wider digital industries as part of their future. We do this through activities that prove cyber is fun and attainable. In the process, we aim to boost the uptake of STEM GCSE subject choices that will aid them in their path to a fulfilling career.

Competitor Taster Sessions

The NDEC works closely with other organisations who promote cyber security education across the UK, including the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst project, and HM Government’s Cyber Discovery programme.

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Every year CyberFirst run a competition for year 8 girls and Cyber Discovery run a competition for all learners aged 13-18. The NDEC offers bookable taster sessions for both competitions, which can be delivered in lesson time, lunchtime, or after school.

Audience: Year 8 girls (CyberFirst girls competition) and ages 13-18 (Cyber Discovery competition)
Duration: Up to 1 hour
Class Size: Up to 35
Available: Winter term until registrations close

Cyber Clubs

Cyber clubs are a great way of engaging students with the digital world, teaching important computational skills, and increasing interest in STEM subjects. We can help you to set up a club, and provide in-person or virtual support with your cyber journey.

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We can also provide a jam-packed starter crate for any teachers wishing to launch a cyber club in their school. The crates contain a whole term worth of activities and resources, so you will not need to do any planning or have any prior cyber knowledge or experience. They also include tonnes of additional information and resources to try out once the club is established, along with freebies and fun cyber themed games, to engage students and teach important concepts.

Audience: Years 7+
Duration: 1 hour weekly or bi-weekly sessions
Class size: Variable
Available: All year round

Regional Consortia Cyber Workshops

Look out for these workshops organised through the regional education consortia for fun-filled activities, which aim to engage students and encourage uptake of STEM subjects at GCSE.

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Pupils will learn how cyber security plays a part in everyday life through the internet of things and the cyber threats of an interconnected world. By showing students the fascinating work that goes into securing everything from cars and satellites, to power stations and hospitals, we hope to inspire students, and encourage them to choose subjects that will lead them on a path to securing our future world.

Audience: Years 7 and 8
Duration: Half a day
Class size: Variable
Available: Summer term

Cyber Summer Camp

For one week in the summer holidays, the NDEC will provide a full timetable of fun activities for students who are interested in developing their cyber talent.

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This will be aimed at pupils who have already expressed an interest in the world of cyber and think it may be a part of their future. Working with industry and education partners, we will be hosting learners so they can develop their understanding of cyber concepts and have a go at all the brilliant cyber resources we have available.

Audience: Years 7, 8 and 9
Duration: One week (non-residential)
Class Size: Variable
Available: Summer holidays

The Cyber Talent Project

Working collaboratively with First Campus, the NDEC will be delivering a 6-week cyber-themed project to pupils about to choose their GCSE subjects.

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The project will work with learners identified by their schools to have an interest in or aptitude for STEM and computer based subjects, but who do not see the value of choosing these subjects for GCSE. By providing these pupils the chance to experience the world of cyber and all of the fantastic opportunities available to them, we hope to encourage them to take the subjects, which will help them to reach their potential. The project will include bespoke activities, mentorship, and visits to educational and industry sites.

Audience: Years 8 or 9 (depending on year of GCSE options)
Duration: Once weekly sessions over a 6 week period
Class Size: Up to 10
Available: Spring term

Cyber Horizons

In collaboration with the National Cyber Security Centre, the NDEC organises an annual event to showcase all the employment and study opportunities available to students here in Wales, in cyber and wider digital industries.

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The event is run by a huge and varied host of industry partners, who provide interactive activities, short lectures in industry topics, and a chance for learners to ask employees anything they want to know about the sector. This is a great opportunity for students who are studying STEM subjects to see real-life examples of the sorts of companies, roles, and pathways they can take in their future.

Audience: Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13
Duration: Half day event
Class Size: Unlimited
Available: March

CyberFirst Schools

The National Cyber Security Centre welcomes schools to apply for their CyberFirst Schools/College recognition scheme. The scheme awards schools and colleges who are taking the lead in encouraging their students to undertake Computer Science and computing related qualifications, providing learning on Cyber Security concepts and encouraging them to pursue career paths into the Cyber Security industry.

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Schools and Colleges apply for recognition and can be awarded by the NCSC either at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Schools that achieve this recognition can expect to be:

  • formally recognised and promoted by the National Cyber Security Centre
  • provided with opportunities to engage with local and national companies, and universities seeking to invest time, expertise and resources in schools
  • a focal point for other CyberFirst activities

The NDEC can provide support with applications for the CyberFirst School College recognition scheme, along with support implementing the measures to make an application successful. We can also provide links with industry and academia to support related activities.

GCSE Computer Science Workshops

In an effort to inspire students into the Cyber Security industry, and to continue their interest in digital studies into further education, higher education or employment, the NDEC offers a day workshop for GCSE Computer Science students.

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The workshop, which includes a visit to the NDEC site in Ebbw Vale, will bring the curriculum to life and show students how their learning relates to industry. This is demonstrated through the NDEC’s custom cyber range and hacking demonstrations, to help students visualise how networks can be vulnerable to attacks, and how they can be secured.

Audience: Years 12 and 13
Duration: One day
Class Size: Up to 35
Available: Spring and summer terms

Further Education

Our work within further education (FE) is all about nurturing cyber talent, and showing those who have already committed to their studies in digital areas, that Cyber Security offers very real and exciting employment and study opportunities for them. We aim to provide chances for learners to engage with industry and academia, so they are aware of all their options after FE and can make the best decisions to progress their future career in cyber.

A-Level Computer Science and BTEC IT Workshops

In an effort to inspire students into the Cyber Security industry, and to continue their interest in digital studies into higher education or employment, the NDEC offers a day workshop for A-Level and BTEC students of relevant subjects.

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The workshop, which includes a visit to the NDEC site in Ebbw Vale, discusses how IT security concepts translate into operational technology (OT) and critical national infrastructure (CNI), in order to add a new and exciting element to learning. This is demonstrated through the NDEC’s custom cyber range and OT/CNI demonstrations, to help students visualise how these networks can be vulnerable to attacks, and how they can be secured.

Audience: Years 12 and 13
Duration: One day
Class Size: Up to 35
Available: Spring and summer terms

Work Experience

We can provide a week of work experience for year 12 and 13 students at the NDEC, to coincide with school holidays. During the week students will have a chance to work alongside cyber engineers, as well as being exposed to the different business functions within a cyber business.

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They will also receive mentoring and advice about the employment and study opportunities available to them in the cyber industry. The goal of the week is to give students a well-rounded view of what they can do within the sector, and help them to determine where there passion may lie.

Audience: Years 12 and 13
Duration: One week
Class Size: Variable
Available: Spring and summer term school holidays

Digital Industries Summer Camp

The NDEC is working with industry and academia partners to provide a week-long non-residential summer camp for students with an interest in pursuing digital industries for higher education or employment.

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The week will include industry-led workshops, site visits to businesses and universities in the region who offer opportunities for school leavers, and mentorship to help students identify the areas that they wish to pursue. This week is perfect for those students who know they want to pursue employment in digital industries, but are yet to identify what particular job they would like or what specific route they should take to get there.

Audience: Years 12 and 13
Duration: One week (non-residential)
Class Size: Variable
Available: Summer holidays

Cyber Horizons

In collaboration with the National Cyber Security Centre, the NDEC organises an annual event to showcase all the employment and study opportunities available to students here in Wales, in cyber and wider digital industries.

Read more

The event is run by a huge and varied host of industry partners, who provide interactive activities, short lectures in industry topics, and a chance for learners to ask employees anything they want to know about the sector. This is a great opportunity for students who are studying STEM subjects to see real-life examples of the sorts of companies, roles, and pathways they can take in their future.

Audience: Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13
Duration: Half day event
Class Size: Unlimited
Available: March

CyberFirst Schools

The National Cyber Security Centre welcomes schools to apply for their CyberFirst Schools/College recognition scheme. The scheme awards schools and colleges who are taking the lead in encouraging their students to undertake Computer Science and computing-related qualifications, providing learning on Cyber Security concepts and encouraging them to pursue career paths into the Cyber Security industry.

Read more

Schools and Colleges apply for recognition and can be awarded by the NCSC either at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Schools that achieve this recognition can expect to be:

  • formally recognised and promoted by the National Cyber Security Centre
  • provided with opportunities to engage with local and national companies, and universities seeking to invest time, expertise and resources in schools
  • a focal point for other CyberFirst activities

The NDEC can provide support with applications for the CyberFirst School College recognition scheme, along with support implementing the measures to make an application successful. We can also provide links with industry and academia to support related activities.

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