CAS does not have bright shiny offices with staff. We are reliant on the many committed professionals who run regional hub meetings, deliver local CPD courses, contribute to the online forum and post their teaching resources to the community site.
However, there are a few key people who are available to work with and for the community including those engaged wituh the Network of Excellence programme.
Simon is the National Coordinator for the Computing At School working, which roughly translates to steering the direction and ethos of CAS and managing the day-to-day activities of the CAS group.
Simon taught for 25 years before working for CAS, he ran several music departments before a hearing impairment forced a change in direction and he went back to university. Having graduated with a first-class degree he taught A Level Computing at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.
With colleagues and friends from other schools, academia and industry he formed the Computing At School working group. He has overseen the development of CAS from a small group of 20 to an organisation of over 15,000 members.
Claire has supported the Hub network from their beginnings of a handful of groups to now over 100. Before this, she worked in Educational Outreach at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as an Analyst/programmer for a number of retail organisations and Technical Writer in the Telecommunications industry.
She works with the Hub Leader from initial set-up to supporting them throughout the academic year to maintain their vibrant and active groups. Claire enjoys working with a fabulous group of enthusiastic individuals who have volunteered to run these groups in their spare time, and through their energy maintain the groups as great places for people to network informally and leave meetings brimming with ideas to take back to their classrooms. Having worked for CAS, alongside Simon Humphreys since the start of the group, Claire can usually identify the right person to answer CAS queries!
Zoe is the Deputy National CPD coordinator for Computing At School which means she supports the CAS Regional Centres to build their communities of practice and support Master Teachers.
Zoe has taught in primary and secondary schools and was a Head of ICT/Computing and Head of Year. Since leaving teaching she has worked on a number of exciting and innovative computing projects, including Barefoot Computing. She is particularly interested in creative ways to teach Computing and recently gained an MSc in Psychology.
Catriona has 30 years experience of many aspects of software design, development and support. She is helping the NoE team automate processes and design systems to handle the growth of the network. She is excited to be involved in a project which may change the outlook of pupils of all ages as they discover the pleasures of coding and creating computing engines.
Sam joined BCS on 30 September 2013 after ten years working for law firms. Prior to that she organised international business conferences which were on topics as diverse as financial markets, regional economies, tourism, defence, health and crime. She is looking forward to the challenges that her role in the development of the Network of Excellence will bring over the coming months.
Miles joined the NoE admin team in the summer of 2014, having previously worked for BCS Learning & Development in the Client Services team of its Qualifications department.
Yvonne worked in the science industry for 17 years before retraining to become a primary school teacher. She then worked as a Local Authority ICT Consultant for 12 years during which time she provided training for primary school teachers on the use of ICT to support teaching and learning. Yvonne has recently been a L2 Primary Master Teacher in a large primary school in Lincoln. Yvonne is now working for CAS as a CAS Hub Champion. This involves supporting schools to set up as CAS Hubs. 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.If your school is interested in finding out more about this then please email for information.
Clare is the Certificate Manager for the BCS Certificate of Computer Science Teaching.
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