- It's a Raspberry Pi Christmas!
- Cyber Security Challenge see first use of its cyber security teaching packs in London school
- BCS launches Barefoot Computing project to create teach-yourself computing resources for primary school teachers in England
- Update from Network of Excellence (October 2013)
- Tech City Influencer to Help Schools Prepare for new 2014 "Computing" Discipline
The New Curriculum
The ICT curriculum, now called 'Computing', has been reformed. It now includes a clearly-articulated strand of computer science (including programming) as the underlying subject discipline, alongside the use and application of digital technology. These changes represent a qualitative shift in the subject, not an incremental change.
CAS welcomes the change and believes it is of huge educational and economic importance for all students. [Read more ...]
Related Documents and Articles
- Download the Primary programme of study
- Download the Secondary programme of study
- Guidance to the Primary Curriculum
- Are you ready for the new curriculum?
- The CAS Curriculum
The Network of Excellence
CAS are thrilled that 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.
Our goals are to:
- Recruit and train 600 CAS Master Teachers (primary and secondary)
- Harness university expertise to lead on training and development of the CAS Master teachers
- Maintain comprehensive set of classroom resources for all key stages
- Enhance professional status for all Heads of Computing in schools
School ICT Infrastructure and how it is managed can be one the biggest impediments in the implementation of Computer Science education. The needs of teachers and learners and the requirements imposed on network managers, whether in-house or outsourced, can be a source of conflict. The sometimes apparently diametrically opposing position of the service provider and their end users has always been there and it applies to the teaching of other subjects not just Computer Science or ICT.
CAS, in association with Naace and other partners are delighted to publish this guide for primary school teachers. The guide explains how primary teachers can get started with the new computing curriculum and provides many pointers to excellent resources and ideas for building an innovative and exciting curriculum.
Don't be daunted by the changes in the move from ICT to Computing. Rather, see this as an opportunity to develop your own knowledge about computing and to learn to program, if you've never had the chance before. Although this might sound like hard work, it's actually great fun. You'll find that you make better use of the technology you have at home and in school, and also that you start to think a bit differently, looking at systems and problems in the same way a computer scientist does.
"I think the primary guidance is a fantastic document that will enable primary teachers to gain a better understanding of the new curriculum and I particularly love the section on assessment" (Deborah Ball, Dosthill Primary School)
A project to help introduce the new computing curriculum into primary schools in England is being launched by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in partnership with Computing at School (CAS), funded by Â£1m from the Department for Education (DfE).
Known as Barefoot Computing, the project aims to equip primary school teachers with the basic knowledge and confidence needed to begin the journey towards becoming an excellent computing teacher. [Read more ...]
The CAS Newsletter
Download the latest issue of our newsletter here. The newsletter is produced once a term and is packed with articles and ideas for teaching computer science in the classroom. The current issue has a number of articles written with the primary classroom in mind.
Sample articles from this issue
London Digital Schoolhouse Project
We are pleased to say that the Mayor's Office has provided funding through the London Schools Excellence Fund to help schools improve the teaching and learning for subjects, including Computing, in London schools.
Computing At School and the Next Gen Skills campaign run by interactive entertainment trade body Ukie have been tasked with extending the success of the Digital Schoolhouse project currently based at Langley Grammar School, Slough to London to help 10 schools support this curriculum change.
The benefits to your school for hosting a Digital Schoolhouse project are:
- Enables your school to meet your outreach and teaching school commitments;
- Increased profile for school and stronger transition link to your feeder primary schools;
- Teaching materials can be easily adapted for both extra-curricular activities and your KS3 curriculum;
- Developing computational thinking across the school and take advantage of opportunities for computing cross-curriculum links to other subjects in the school;
- Tapping students' previous learning from KS2, and shared pedagogy from team teaching with Primary colleagues.
If your school might be interested in this exciting programme then please email Theo Blackwell: email@example.com.