Our Purpose and Mission

Every child in every school has the right to a world-class computing education.

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.

Being part of CAS means getting involved fully – giving as well as taking.

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."

Computing at School supports the National Centre for Computing Education

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.


Structure and Organisation

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, and provides advice to the BCS School Curriculum and Assessment Committee, supporting its role in shaping public debate and shaping the future of computing in schools. 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!

CAS Board

The Computing at School working group is managed by a board of members under the auspices of the BCS Academy.

CAS Management Board Terms of Reference

Julia Adamson  

Director of Education, BCS

Dr Irene Bell Chair CAS Northern Ireland

Head of Science, Mathematics and Technology, Stranmillis University College

Miles Berry  

Principal lecturer in Computing Education, University of Roehampton

Claire Buckler  

Devonport High School for Boys, Plymouth

Mark Campbell  

Ada, National College for Digital Skills

Beverly Clarke National Community Manager, CAS

Prof Tom Crick Chair, CAS Wales

Swansea University

Prof Paul Curzon  

Queen Mary University of London, cs4fn

Prof. Quintin Cutts Chair, CAS Scotland

University of Glasgow

Prof Sally Fincher  

Immediate Past Chair, CPHC

Sarah Foxall Corporate Affairs Manager

Microsoft

Simon Humphreys Vice Chair

Co-founder of Computing at School

Simon Johnson  

Tablet Academy

Prof Simon Peyton Jones Chair

Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge

Peter Kemp

King’s College London

Rob Leeman Chair of CAS Curriculum

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Duncan Maidens  

Director of Computer Science Education, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Niel McLean  

Head of Education, BCS

Eamonn O'Hare  

St Malachy’s High School

John Palmer  

Faculty Head for IT, Computing and Business, The Chase School, Malvern

Carrie-Anne Philbin Chair of CAS #include and CAS Women

Raspberry Pi Foundation

Will Rogers  

STEM Learning

Chris Stephenson  

Head of Computer Science Education Strategy @ Google

Jane Waite Chair of CAS Research

Queen Mary University of London

John Woollard Chair of CAS Assessment

University of Southampton

Sarah Zaman Chair of CAS Primary, CAS North West (Manchester) Regional Coordinator

The University of Manchester