Introduction to Coding with Scratch

Our mission

We want to empower young people to be more than tech consumers, but digital creators! We want to teach all children, whether they're naturally inclined to learn to code or not, about the things they can make and do with code - and to support their parents and teachers along the way.

The BlueShift story

Our services

We offer online classes, after-school clubs, holiday camps and private tuition. With a huge range of courses to choose from, we have something to interest every young coder, and our handy levels will help you to choose the best course for your child. 

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Our vision

We believe that if taught with a focus on creativity, learning to code will not only equip children with the technical skills they need to excel in the future, but will also teach them critical problem-solving skills, improve their logical reasoning, and build their confidence.

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Our teachers

Whether learning online or in-person, we know how important great teachers are. That’s why we carefully select, train and support the best teachers in the field. Find out more about them here!
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The BlueShift story

Starting in West London and expanding to teach coding to children across the world, find out how we got started and why we do what we do.
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In the office

Heather Lyons

Founder and director

Heather was bitten by the tech bug early and began building websites as a young adult. Heather has an MA in Architecture from Princeton University and has done advanced study in Computer Science at UCL. She taught computer-based design at the Architectural Association and has worked in digital media since 1999, before founding BlueShift in 2013. Heather is also a local mum with three young children.

Laura Satkauskaite

Operations and strategy

Laura is the go-to project manager at BlueShift, looking after all matters related to the smooth running of the organisation. She manages the planning, staffing, and delivery of our main services - whether it's business operations, product delivery, or event management! Laura holds a degree in Media and Communications from Bournemouth University.

Harvey Jones

Curriculum and content

With a background in creative technology, Harvey graduated from Oxford University, going on to complete a joint MSc at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. Now he is responsible for a whole range of things - from creating the BlueShift syllabus to being our online hackathon instructor. Plus, Harvey has a keen interest in hardware, developing all kinds of new gadgets in his spare time.

Becca Straughan

Sales and marketing

Becca has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield, and since graduating has worked in content production and marketing across various industries, but with a particular passion for education. Becca is responsible for managing the BlueShift brand, and spreading the BlueShift word to our schools, parents and students.

Katie Alphey

Operations and events

Before joining BlueShift, Katie graduated from the University of Birmingham, having studied Psychology. From here, Katie taught primary school age SEN children. She now ensures that BlueShift's private tuition, holiday camps, and online coding classes run effortlessly as well as managing customer comms. With a love for music Katie has organised a charity festival which helped to raise over £70,000.

Charlotte Dougan

Operations and talent

With experience in tutoring and having studied Philosophy at King's College London, Charlotte now recruits and manages the BlueShift teaching staff. She also works with our existing school partners to facilitate our after-school coding clubs. Outside of her role at BlueShift, Charlotte is a stand-up comedian, writing and performing her material to audiences across London.