Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science
September 2012 saw the launch of the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. CAS, working in collaboration with the BCS Academy to co-ordinate and provide training opportunities for both existing teachers and those training for the profession. This initiative is supported by The Department For Education, OCR, CPHC, Microsoft and Google. As the government and other industry leaders and educators call for more Computer Science in the school curriculum there is a need to raise the confidence level of existing ICT/Computing teachers to embrace Computer Science, if they are not already doing so.
The DfE have supported the application made by CAS/BCS to continue and expand the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science (NoE). The heart of the programme is to build a high-quality, sustainable CPD infrastructure at low cost. This will be achieved by nurturing long-term, bottom-up collaboration between employers, universities, professional bodies, schools and teachers.
There are several different ways that schools, teachers, universities and academics can contriobute to the Network of Excellence. By doing so you will be joining a vibrant community of professionals (over 1000 schools, 80 universities, over 100 Master Teachers) who are committing to support each other.
Since January 2013 the CAS Master Teachers have reached and supported 6752 teachers have attended CPD events or had personal support from our Master Teachers since Jan 2013. This shows the scale and breadth of activity that is run under the NoE banner. Our university partners and Lead schools have reached a whole lot more as well!
- Register your school as part of the Network. By doing this your school is saying that Computing as a subject is important, it is part of the school development plan and we want to ensure our staff have access to suitable training. More information
- Register your school as a Lead School. As part of the NoE registration each school is invited to self-designate as a lead school. This means that your school will make time to support colleagues in other schools (at least one). More information
- Apply to be a CAS Master Teacher More information
- Register your university University faculty (both Computer science and Education departments) are central to the success of the Network. The needs for both subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge are really needed. We want to encourage university colleagues to forge links with the primary and secondary schools in their area, find out what they need, working with master teachers in the area design and deliver SKE courses, find ways of utlising undergraduates or post-graduates to support both curricular and extra-curricular activiteis with the schools or just being at the end of a friendly email stream to help answer questions from the teachers. Register here