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Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay visits WCS

27 April 2022

On Tuesday 26 April, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, visited Westminster City School to discuss the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) defence tools for schools.

The discussion he had with staff and Year 12 students at Westminster City School’s Sixth Form focused on educating younger students about cyber security and enabling them to have more exposure to placements in computing, as well as addressing specific careers related to technology.

Olivia, head girl at Westminster City School’s Sixth Form who was involved in the discussion said:

“It was great to have someone of such a high calibre who was very open and willing to hearing our suggestions and implement them, since the views of students are usually undermined and not valued as much as the views of adults.

“I really enjoyed listening to the efforts that are being made that will allow students to have the right skills and placement opportunities they need to thrive in the right environment. Overall, it was very insightful, extremely informative and I am glad that I had the opportunity to attend the session.”

Lead Minister for Cyber Security and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP, said:

"Children develop vitally important skills that can enhance their future career prospects as a result of engaging in computer science and STEM subjects.

"This important learning also helps them to further their problem-solving and creative thinking skills, which can be of real benefit outside of a work setting too.

"It was great to meet with students from Westminster City School to hear about how they have been getting to grips with the cyber security challenges we face and how to protect themselves online."

Mr Myron, Computer Science Teacher at Westminster City School said:

“Developing software is well-covered in the curriculum, but there is a myriad of other skills in demand from the technology industries that students would benefit from, either through extra-curricular activity, or work experience placements.”

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