PUPILS from a Billingham school have improved their understanding of computers by becoming qualified information communication technology (ICT) classroom technicians.

The ICT technician course, which was run at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary RC Primary School, saw 20 year five pupils graduate from Stockton's ICT unit.

The course was run by Mark Redhall, an ICT consultant, and examined all facets of ICT, making children aware of computer components, the care and maintenance of PCs and strategies for troubleshooting when things go wrong.

The course will enable the youngsters to perform basic maintenance of the school's computer network as well as helping to solve basic computer problems around the school.

The course was sponsored by McDonald's, in Wolviston, and will see the children awarded with badges and certificates in a ceremony at the school this morning.

The course has also seen the creation of a web club which updates and maintains the school website on a regular basis.

The year five pupils will be training year four pupils in the summer term to prepare them to take on the role from September.

Claire Stott, school ICT co-ordinator, said: "The children enjoyed the course, which lasted for two half-days and the results are there for all to see.

"Children are confident in an area of learning which allows them both to take responsibility and also support the work of other children in ICT."