Grandmasters in demand as chess craze hits schools

Sky News visited a CSC chess lesson at work in Miles Coverdale Primary School in Shepherds Bush.

There they saw just how thoroughly the children enjoyed their lessons and how demand for more chess is outpacing supply.

"A shortage of tutors is preventing children in state schools from learning chess.

British International Master Malcolm Pein, who founded the charity Chess in Schools, says a resurgence in the game's popularity has seen experienced teachers being poached by public schools that can pay more."

You can read the full Sky News Article here


Chess on the rise in primary schools- Channel 5 News


Channel 5 News visited Chess in Schools and Communities in action at St. Francis RC Primary School, Newham. 

CSC Chief Executive Malcolm Pein explains how the uptake for chess in state primary school is booming; and how now the charity is on the hunt for more chess tutors to work in schools and libraries like St. Francis RC.

The video shows CSC coached primary school pupils proving their chess skills and giving Channel 5 presenter Ruth a run for her money!

If you are interest in becoming involved, please complete the tutor application form here.


'Chess makes me feel less angry' - BBC News Education

Chess in Schools and Communities teaches chess in schools in the UK.

The charity says the game helps children think more strategically and logically, making them more employable in the future.


How chess can teach us that failure is not fatal - City AM

It was Winston Churchill who said: “success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” That quote encapsulates an attribute that educational psychologists recognise we need to instil in our children. This is sometimes referred to as “grit” – the ability to cope with adversity.

Grit is required to succeed in life, and particularly in business.

In order to succeed in an increasingly competitive modern commercial world, employees need a wide range of skill sets.

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Schools teach chess to help 'difficult' pupils concentrate - The Observer

The year 3 pupils at Park End Primary School in Middlesbrough are a bit of a rowdy bunch. Headteacher Julia Rodwell describes them as “a complex and difficult group”. Put them in front of a chess set though, and silence descends.

“The first time I saw them playing chess, I was absolutely gobsmacked. Their concentration is incredible – I’ve never seen anything like it in any other lesson,” says Rodwell.

Park End is one of 800 primaries to add chess to its curriculum – a threefold increase over two years. A desire to improve maths and problem solving is part of the motivation, but as schools grapple with screen addiction and short attention spans, chess is also seen as a way to encourage “digital detox”. Rodwell has been so impressed that all her staff have now been trained to teach chess.

For her, the way chess has brought children out of their shell has been overwhelming. “Teachers rush over to me saying, ‘come down and look at this child – she can’t do simple sums, but she’s beating everyone in the class at chess!’

“We’re in a very deprived area, so chess is not something our children have traditionally come across – but we’ve embraced it as a whole school,” she says.

Up and down the country other schools are embracing it too, with 20 signing up every month. “Children are born into a world of touchscreens and instant response. Playing chess encourages them to sit down, concentrate and think hard, instead of tapping away,” says Malcolm Pein, founder of Chess in Schools and Communities, the charity which devises and runs the classes.

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Chess is making a classroom comeback - ITV Tyne & Tees News

It's a board game that's centuries old, but perhaps surprisingly it's making schoolchildren on Teesside put down their iPads and smart phones.

Chess is enjoying a resurgence in fans, and is being used in some North East schools to help youngsters develop their maths and thinking skills.

Rachel Bullock from Tyne Tees TV went along to Park End Primary in Middlesbrough to see how the ancient game is faring amongst modern players.