Learning to code at Summer School

We are using the micro:bit to teach students how to code in English

This year our Summer School, Summer Plus in Spain ran in eight teaching centres helping over 1,800 young people learn English through coding.

We used the BBC micro:bit – a tiny programmable computer designed for children to make learning easy and fun.

In Summer Plus your child will:

  • incorporate new vocabulary and grammar into their English
  • participate in project-based learning to enhance their confidence in their abilities
  • enjoy activities designed to help them to advance in all areas of English.

Combining English language and computer skills empowers children with critical skills for their future.

'With an estimated 900,000 unfilled tech positions by 2020, language learning on its own is no longer enough.'

Andy Mackay, Country Director, Spain. Image of our teaching centre in Madrid.

‘I didn’t know anything about coding, and now I have three micro:bits! I plan to use them a lot now’

Danielle, age 13, student

‘With only a micro:bit you can do many things! I’ve made a keyboard and a reaction time game’

Lucia, age 9, student
82% of parents saw an improvement in their child's speaking ability after Summer Plus

Data source: Summer Plus evaluation report 2018

‘Micro:bit is compatible with almost every coding language. I’m going to continue learning about micro:bit in the future’

Danielle, age 13, student

‘The micro:bit classes have been an incredible addition to our courses this year. They allow students to code in English and work on dynamic projects where they are thinking, designing and coding. This work has really helped boost their confidence when speaking in English.’

Ruth, Summer School Manager, Spain

Our British Council teachers are highly qualified with many years of experience and understand the needs and interests of children.

‘The students have become more confident as the classes go on, they have been helping each other, collaborating, coming up with their own genius inventions!’

Louise, Summer Plus teacher
Louise, Summer Plus teacher

Louise, Summer Plus teacher

‘They get a real sense of achievement putting something together and showing their friends’

Ian, Teacher
‘Learning about the micro:bit has helped me with my English as all the coding is in English’

Lucia, age 10, Summer Plus student

Summer Plus is available in:

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As a founding partner of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation, the British Council creates opportunities for young people to learn about coding.


As a founding partner of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation, the British Council creates opportunities for young people to learn about coding.


Find out more about Summer Plus in Spain.