Hi everyone. I've had a frustrating experience with trying to run a Code Club at my local primary and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for what to do next.
The sticking point has been that the school won't offer the club for free. Their argument is that they have costs to cover (electricity, staff, etc.) and as such need to charge pupils. I do understand their point, especially as all schools struggle financially these days. They also charge for all of their other clubs as most schools do.
However the rules of Code Club explicitly state the club must be offered free to children, which I totally support. The one thing I've never understood is why thousands of other schools can do this for free and yet my local school can't.
In the end I ran the club at lunchtimes as the school didn't need to charge for it then. However it didn't work as well due to the time constraints and lack of a dedicated space to host in.
The club is dormant at the moment and I would like to revisit this, but do it properly as an after school club where it has the time and space to flourish. If I can't get the school to relent over the charge, the only things I can think of are to either get some sponsorship to cover it (possibly from my employer) or to just run the club somewhere else, which I'm not keen on.
Yours in frustration!