CAS Self Review Tools

The CAS Self-Review Tools are designed to help you determine the quality and effectiveness of all aspects of Computing provision in your school

CAS Primary Self-Review Tool (Primary SRT)

The CAS Primary Self-Review Tool is designed to make monitoring and evaluation easier and more effective. It provides clear descriptors and examples of standards that constitute quality Computing, based around: vision and leadership; curriculum planning; infrastructure and resources; staff development; teaching and learning; and monitoring and evaluation.

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CAS Secondary Self-Review Tool (Secondary SRT)

The CAS Secondary Self-Review Tool is designed to make monitoring and evaluation easier and more effective. It provides clear descriptors and examples of standards that constitute quality Computing, based around: vision and leadership; curriculum planning; infrastructure and resources; staff development; teaching and learning; and monitoring and evaluation.

Click here to go to the CAS Secondary Self-Review Tool

Why do we need to self-review?

As schools continue to develop their computing curriculum, CAS’s self-review tools will help your primary school / secondary Computing department to:

  • fully evaluate your current provision:
  • efficiently store and manage evidence of pupil attainment;
  • address the National Curriculum programmes of study for Computing;
  • improve vision and leadership; curriculum planning; infrastructure and resources; staff development; teaching and learning; and monitoring and evaluation;
  • ensure that the contribution which Computing makes to a broad and balanced curriculum is recognised within the school community;
  • be Ofsted ready.

The tool provides statements to inform your development and improvement plans to help you move computing forwards in your school.

CAS Self-Review Tool Structure

Using CAS’s Self-Review Tools

The CAS’s self-review tools will help you determine your school's strengths and areas for improvement in relation to the teaching of Computing. It is intended to be used as a guide to inform further development to:

(a) support teaching staff to effectively teach Computing,

(b) enable Computing to be embedded in the school as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

The strengths and areas for improvement identified from using the tool can be used to provide evidence for action plans and support communication with senior leaders.

Next steps in the review process

As part of your school’s review process, we recommend leadership teams use the CAS Senior Leader Toolkit which has been produced to help develop computing in schools in ways that are consistent with a school’s desire to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to all students. The case studies provided in the toolkit are a good starting point for thinking about the school’s own strategy for implementing the computing curriculum. This toolkit also contains a series of leaflets that identify important issues that will need to be addressed in the school’s planning and implementation of the computing curriculum.

CAS has an extensive range of additional, free support for teachers to develop the computing curriculum, including regular community meetings, active discussion forums and engaging teaching resources. Guidance for both primary schools (Primary Computing) and secondary schools (Secondary Computing) is available. Support is also available from the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) including an extensive range of bursary funded CPD and the Teach Computing curriculum.

Schools may also wish to consider their computing provision in relation to the Ofsted inspection framework.

Guidance from CAS is available on what to expect during an inspection, including interviews with teachers - News item.



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