Regional Hubs and Other Contacts
A CAS hub is a meeting of teachers and lecturers who wish to share their ideas for developing the teaching of computing in their schools, their classrooms and their community. It is a meeting of like-minded professionals with the general objective of supporting each other and the specific aim of providing (at least) one idea that can be taken and tried in the classroom.
CAS have hubs across the UK and contact details for each of these is listed here. Use the buttons to the right of the map to show only the hubs. All members of CAS can find out their nearest hub from their profile page on the community site assuming your profile includes your postcode! CAS hub meetings are open to all and your local CAS hub group will welcome your attendance or involvement in their group, whether you are a practising teacher, an IT professional who would like to help, an academic from the nearby University or a parent of school age children.
Claire Davenport, the Hub Group Support Manager, says:
"I can see the immediate and positive ripple effect of Hub group meetings in a geographical area - membership applications rise in the days following a Hub meeting, where people have attended a meeting for the first time, and have been persuaded to join CAS. These groups are of great value as they offer the personal face of CAS, not just online forums but real 'live' support from keen volunteers who understand the pressures that fellow teachers can face."
The CAS Hub network
The network of CAS regional Hubs is growing rapidly. There are now 84 hubs in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Europe and Asia. The first meeting of CAS Bangkok (SE Asia) met on 7 November. Other new groups have started in Luton and Beds, Sunbury, Gravesend, Solihull, Tameside, Suffolk (Secondary), North Lakes (Carlisle), Portsmouth, South Staffs (Primary), Salford, South Humberside, West Essex and Herts border and London borough of Havering.
If you live in England, we hope that you are no more than 40 minutes away from your nearest hub. If there isn't a hub within easy travelling distance, you may want to volunteer to host your own group.
To find out more about running a regional CAS Hub, we've written a guide to offer more information to those who may be interested, but don't know what it may entail.
|Mandi Banks runs the CAS Regional Hub in Manchester. At the CAS Conference 2012 she spoke about the role of the hubs|
Why attend a Hub meeting?
- Face to face networking with peers in the area over a cup of tea or coffee
- Open discussion of shared issues, such as how to introduce the new computing curriculum,
- Taster CPD sessions where programming languages and tools are demonstrated,
- Sharing of learning and resources which should help teachers in their day to day work.
What does a Hub Leader do? - Exploding the myths
Running a CAS Regional Hub has been described as 'low maintenance - high impact'. Sharing the responsibility for running a group between two or three people lowers the maintenance level even further!
It does help to have a working teacher as one of the Hub leaders, to ensure that every meeting fulfils the brief of being of practical help for working ICT/Computing teachers. As an absolute minimum, every meeting should offer a 'takeaway' idea or resource that could be used in the classroom the following day/week/term. We don't want the meetings to be just 'talking shops'.
Hub leaders responsibilities and commitments
- Passion and interest in offering computing at school - not necessarily experience you have at present, but are working towards.
- Use Eventbrite for meeting bookings - this provides an easy way to get statistics on attendance and capture email contact ids for future mailings and saves a great deal of time!
- Host at least one Hub meeting per term - either at own venue or at other venues in the area
- No need to present on topics, unless keen to do so
- Work with Hub Group Support manager to ensure maximum attendance at meetings by ensuring that the programme is balanced, targeted and the date of the meeting is set at least 3 weeks in advance.
- Obtain feedback on each event to help shape future events
- Offer Primary-targeted events for feeder schools
- Work with your local Master Teacher, university or lead schools to prepare programmes of interest to teachers in your community
- We offer reimbursement for small-scale refreshments for the CAS Hub meetings.
- We provoide periodic updates on national CAS initiatives to share with group attendees
- We can help source speakers for sessions, if there's a particular topic you're looking for.
- Telephone and email support for new leaders to get the first meeting off the ground.
- Dedicated hub leaders mailing list for sharing, buddying and mentoring by fellow Hub leaders
- Annual Hubleaders Away Day weekend (Fri/Sat) where we invite all hub leaders to get together and have hands-on practice of new tools and networking with fellow Hub leaders
For further information about the CAS Regional Hubs contact: Claire Davenport