An understanding of computing enables citizens to make informed choices in our digital world. To get to that point, we need to encourage and equip school staff. The CAS community of teachers, academics and industry professionals provides access to a range of resources and local events supporting continuing professional development. Membership is open to all adults except students in Further Education taking school-level qualifications.
CAS’s mission is to lead and promote excellence in all those staff involved in Computing education in schools. Our aim is for computing – with Computer Science at its heart – to become firmly established in all Primary and Secondary schools alongside maths and the natural sciences. CAS speaks for the discipline of computing at school level – including Further Education – but not for any particular interest group.
"The huge network of teachers has provided me with support and insight into the world of the computing curriculum, from recommending schemes of work to visiting me and helping me in my new role of Computing Coordinator. I now have a clear vision of what I would like to do next."
The National Centre for Computing Education exists to support teachers at every stage, from primary to A level, to improve computing skills and subject knowledge. It does this through certified CPD, resources and local meet-ups, through the CAS Communities of Practice.
The National Centre for Computing Education is a funded programme by the Department for Education in England. It is led by a consortium of STEM Learning, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Visit www.teachcomputing.org for more information.
CAS has formed a strategic alliance with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The BCS is the natural professional society for our discipline, and it is hugely helpful to us to have their support. BCS contributes significant resources in terms of time and money which enables staff to support CAS members from within BCS.
Formally, CAS is part of the BCS Academy. It provides advice to the BCS School Curriculum and Assessment Committee in its role in shaping public debate in shaping computing in schools. In due course CAS members will automatically (and cheaply) be members of BCS. This provides a supportive institutional framework but does not threaten CAS's autonomy or grass-roots style. CAS is internally governed by the CAS Board, formed from the membership.
Around the country, members of CAS volunteer to be regional representatives for the association forming a valuable network across the UK.
CAS is supported financially by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Microsoft, Google, Ensoft and the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing(CPHC). Without their help there would be no CAS. Thank you!
The Computing at School working group is managed by a board of members under the auspices of the BCS Academy.