Today, the DfE has announced the contract for a new National Centre for Computing Education has been awarded to a consortium of STEM Learning, Raspberry Pi Foundation and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
This is a programme of subject knowledge training for those who are teaching, or aspire to teach, computer science and includes a plan for 40 school/college-based hubs.
This programme represents a step change in investment in our teachers and our subject and Computing At School (CAS).
For several years CAS has been asking government for serious support to train and equip existing computing teachers, at all key stages, to turn the aspirational goals of the national curriculum into a vibrant reality in every classroom. And make no mistake: the NCCE does not replace CAS. For more information and to sign up – go to the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). Also look here for a statement from both Simon Peyton-Jones Chair of the CAS board and the CEO of BCS, Paul Fletcher.
CAS is a community of individuals who are passionate about giving our children a great education in computing. It is a community of professional practice, which we join as colleagues in a shared endeavour. CAS is part of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and believes every child has the right to a high quality education in computing.
The CAS Community members and champions run over 200 local communities. Here, we meet together, talk, exchange ideas, best practice and resources.
The online CAS Community has over 30,000 registered members, mainly teachers in primary and secondary schools in the UK. Here there are vibrant discussion forums, many thousands of resources submitted by classroom teachers and an extensive events listing of meetings taking place in your local area to support you in your classroom.
You can enter the community, find your nearest hub and start exploring now.
CAS is delighted, through the BCS, to be working as part of the new National Centre for Computing Education in collaboration with STEM Learning and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. This represents a step change in support for teachers of Computing in England offering CPD and certification programmes for primary and secondary school teachers of Computing.
Published by Sue Sentance/Simon Humphreys on 2018-11-08
Sue Sentance, with Simon Humphreys, looks at the theory of situated learning and CPD and how this has impacted on the development of CAS.
Published by Phil Jacson on 2018-11-13
The Bebras Computing Challenge started last week - the national competition for computational thinking Here are lots of the challenges for use in the classroom based on Bebras tasks. Find out more on...
Published by on 2018-11-06
Ofqual today (5 November) launched a consultation on long-term arrangements for the assessment of programming skills in GCSE computer science.
Published by CAS on 2018-10-25
Computing At School, in association with Microsoft UK, are delighted to announce a course for new and aspiring Heads of Computing in secondary schools.
Register to join Computing At School, contribute to the forums and access teaching resources