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, 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 Network includes:
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 teachers, schools, universities and employers. Read about the overview of the programme here.
In Jaunary 2015 there will be, in both the Level 1 and Level2 programme (see here):
327 CAS Master Teachers
- 176 Primary
- 151 Secondary
- Over 1200 schools have registered for the NoE with some 400 registering as a CAS Lead School for their area
- Both CAS Master Teachers and CAS Lead Schools are working with at least of the 70+ CAS University Partners in their local area.
Since the start of the NoE the CAS Master Teachers have run over 330 training events for teachers in their area reaching an estimated 3,500 teachers. They have also been called upon to support other organisations and training and thus extending their impact in their local communnities. To date, more than 14,000 teachers have been supported by a CAS Master Teacher. It's an exciting programme built on effective CPD practices which is having impact on those who are involved.
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 who are committing to support each other.
- 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 activities with the schools or just being at the end of a friendly email stream to help answer questions from the teachers. Register here