A COUNTY Durham school has become one of just four in the North-East to be awarded lead status as part of a national campaign to promote the teaching of computing.

The expertise of ICT staff at Teesdale School, Barnard Castle, has been recognised in Computing at School, run by the British Computing Society.

The school is currently working to incorporate more aspects of computer science in the curriculum ahead of government changes to the way ICT – or computing, as it will be known – is taught from September 2014.

As a result, all pupils will receive some form of computer programming tuition to give them a better understanding of how the technology works.

Teacher Gareth Shaw said: “Despite being a small department compared to a lot of other schools in the North-East, our subject knowledge has been recognised as being of a high standard.

“Hopefully we can share some of this with the wider community, in particular local primary schools, where they may not have easy access to subject specialists who can offer a high level of support and guidance.”