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The #techmums revolution starts here…

By #techmums, education, savvify, schools, surrey, tower hamlets, women in tech

#techmums is all about giving mums the opportunity to take part in the digital revolution. In 10 hours of intensive, hands on workshops we take mums, who can be disempowered around technology, from being scared of the keyboard to being tech savvy.

Our pilot has shown that we can make a dramatic difference to women’s self esteem and confidence with tech, affecting not just them but their whole family. This campaign seeks funding to give 140 mums in the poorest area of the UK the chance to become a #techmum.

We are currently rolling out #techmums in Tower Hamlets and in Surrey, we would love to hear from you if you work at a school and would like to run #techmums or if you are a mum and would like to be a #techmum.


What’s the problem?

If you are comfortable with computers and tech savvy there are many opportunities for you to take that further. You could set up your own business, take a course online, you can interact with the world in whatever way you choose.

But, what if you are afraid of the keyboard? What if you believe that Facebook ruins your kids’ lives and you don’t know how to stop it? What if you need to send emails at work, but you don’t know how to, and are embarrassed to tell anyone?

Why do we care?

25 years ago our Founder Dr Sue Black was a single parent with 3 children living in poverty. Through tech education Sue was able to bring her family out of poverty, earn a decent living and create a better future for them all. She knows first hand what a difference education and confidence with technology can make and now wants to give that opportunity to other mums.

We are Savvify: Emma, Sue and Clare. Three mums with nine kids between us who think mums sometimes get left behind when it comes to tech. We have created #techmums to change that.

What is #techmums?

#techmums is a short, hands on course that introduces mums to app design, social media, Python coding on Raspberry Pi’s and much more. We believe that confidence with technology can change lives for the better. Mums are the cornerstone of the family, so if we can change mums’ confidence we can change the whole families’ outlook and prospects. We want to give everyone the opportunity they deserve to take part in the digital revolution.

We recently ran a very successful #techmums pilot. In just 10 hours we took mums from being afraid of the keyboard and scared of what their kids are doing on Facebook to being confident with tech. Through intensive hands on workshops we worked with mums to give them confidence and help them to see and understand the opportunities that are out there for themselves and their families.

Does #techmums work?

Dr Lela Koulouri, a researcher from Brunel University measured our #techmums attitude towards technology throughout our pilot, the results are below. Just look at that massive increase in confidence with technology over the 5 weeks. Lela also found that mums’ overall confidence in themselves increased too. This was backed up by Nick Soar, the Headmaster at Bishop Challoner where we held our pilot. He said that not only did the mums’ confidence improve, but he also saw a difference in their children too. Great stuff!!

What’s next?

We are going to run #techmums across several schools in Tower Hamlets and Surrey. We chose Tower Hamlets because it is the most deprived borough in the UK, it has the highest percentage of free school meals in Great Britain.

Our plan is to roll #techmums out across Tower Hamlets, Surrey and then London. After that we will be working hard to get #techmums rolled out across the UK and then the world! Want to join the #techmums revolution?


#techmums impact

#techmums has already made an impact, as you can tell in our video above. Ahmina is no longer scared of the keyboard, Chyna has got over her fears of tech and is really enjoying it, several of our #techmums were really worried about staying safe online, they are no longer afraid. Knowledge is power.

#techmums is important to individuals, but it is also important to society, to business and the economy. The more people that are tech savvy, that understand the opportunities that are available both to them and to their families, the more our society as a whole will start to embrace and take part in the digital revolution. The UK was instrumental in the industrial revolution due to our great innovation, invention and creativity. Let’s make sure that we are instrumental in the digital revolution too. #techmums is just the start….

Helping #techmums

Please tell everyone that you think could be interested in #techmums about us. We plan to take #techmums across the UK and then the world, but we can only do that with your help.


We want mums, schools and potential trainers who are interested in taking part to sign up on the#techmums site so that we can see where there is interest and start putting together a plan and the infrastructure to make the UK and then the world #techmum friendly.

Today Tower Hamlets, tomorrow the world….. Go #team #techmums!!

#techmums Thelma gets a job

By #techmums, education, savvify, tower hamlets, Uncategorized, women in tech

How awesome is this? One of our fabulous #techmums Thelma has got a new job because of her participation in the #techmums program. How awesome is that? :)


Here’s the email from Thelma:

Hi again #Techmums,

I am so grateful for the course because as a direct result of our #Techmums training, I landed a new job where I have a special element attached to my Job Description of keeping an eye on the company’s Social Media site!

There are very few people who have been trained in the subjects we learnt, so it does look good to potential employers.



#techmums has only just started but is having great success already. Well done to all of our mums. You rock!

If you would like to sign up for #techmums you can do that on our website:


Team #techmums, left to right: Emma, Sue and Clare at Bethnal Green Ventures accelerator recently.

All schools should run Techmums!

By #techmums, education, savvify, schools, tower hamlets

Guest post from Nick Soar Headteacher at Bishop Challoner Girls’ School in Tower Hamlets

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The Pupil Premium Champion, Dr John Dunford, makes it abundantly clear that he “recognises that few things could be more important for schools than finding the best ways of giving extra support to disadvantaged young people.” The Pupil Premium funding, he says, should be used to “raise aspirations by working with the parents as well as young people”. #techmums does this having massive immediate impact on disadvantaged young people and impacts on the families with whom they live.

#techmums meet Raspberry Pi

#techmums meet Raspberry Pi

The #techmums initiative, run by Savvify’s Dr Sue Black, is an outstanding programme that achieved three of our main objectives at Bishop Challoner. It is a programme for which the Pupil Premium is ideal to support. As part of our provision last year, Dr Black helped the school move the internal attainment and progress gap in the school for PP students from 20% to 4%. I cannot thank her team enough for the ethos change they generated.

I felt, as Headteacher, that #techmums brought our parents and pupils closer together with both genuine purpose and imagination. It is our vision at Bishop Challoner to help all pupils, but specifically in Tower Hamlets those from disadvantaged contexts. Over 60% of our pupils come from a background of Free School Meals and engaging fully with the families we serve means that the child benefits in terms of pastoral care but also in terms of improved grades and rates of progress. The gap, as it were, is narrowed. Dr Sue Black’s own charisma and drive push this on, but the detail and the variety of the course really do fire up parents to make learning and work their focus. What I was so pleased with in #Techmums was that it provided a short, tightly packaged course using a cutting edge set of workshops and training sessions. The mums who took the course loved the collegiate atmosphere and the very real skills they gained that they could then use in the  workplace, in job interviews and in helping support their own children.

Raspberry Pi fun

Raspberry Pi fun

I wanted to run the course again because I saw the massive impact it had on both family and child. So many parents don’t know how to track or monitor their child’s phone usage or internet footprint, nor do they have any sense of how to programme in a computing language. The parents own fears create a parallel reluctance in their daughters to approach computing and computer science; but #techmums increased confidence and allows the families to gain self-esteem in programming that sets them apart from people who haven’t completed the course.


#techmums improves confidence

In the context of continued Pupil Premium funding I can absolutely see #techmums working in schools across the country to empower families to work sensibly with technology and to see it as the tool it is, not the dangerous, frightening thing it can be, if approached wrongly. The vision of #techmums of providing new skills for mums who wish to return to a radically changed workplace after time away is one I endorse and want to support. Confident happy families produce children who come to school with higher aspirations and stronger ambitions to progress in school for their examinations.

Nick Soar December 9th 2013