CAS Working Group Documents

There is a significant list of policy documents and reports published by both CAS and others here. The following have been made available by the CAS Working Group:

Policy Documents etc..

  • Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science Final Contract Report to DfE March 2018 The Department for Education awarded BCS a three-year contract to maintain the Network of Excellence (NoE). Its aim was to ensure the subject of computing became firmly established in all primary and secondary schools. Teachers were supported in building up their skills and encouraged to become active and knowledgeable participants in their local communities of practice. The initial contract ran from April 2015 -March 2016 with a contract variation covering the period April 2016 - March 2018. As part of that contract BCS produced this final report in 2018.

  • Royal Society Report: After the Reboot The Royal Society published "Shut Down or Restart" in 2012 report which paved the way for schools to introduce computing into the national curriculum. This report follows on from that providing a snapshot of the changes that have taken place since 2012. They identify a number of key areas/challenges that governments, industry and school leaders need to address in order to, in their words "safeguard our future efficacy in the digital world".

  • Computing with Design and Technology (Feb 2016) The purpose of this guidance is to help primary and secondary teachers in England introduce the National Curriculum 2014 requirements that link computing with design and technology (D&T). It explains in general terms how the two subjects are related and then focuses on the application of computing in design and technology to program and control physical systems in KS2 and KS3.

  • Closing the gap to achieve a world class computing teaching workforce: The new Computing programme of study in England, launched in September 2014, establishes a brand-new school subject "computer science" that every child will learn as a foundational discipline from primary school onwards. This is a unique, ambitious, world-leading step forward, and other countries are watching England with intense interest. Implementing this vision is a huge challenge, because vanishingly few teachers are equipped with the qualifications and subject knowledge to teach the subject confidently; and because even if they were, we lack the teaching resources (textbooks, schemes of work, assessment instruments, lesson plans) that established subjects take for granted. In the short to medium term, teachers will therefore need vastly more training and support than they do in well-established subjects. Our goals are for computing to become a firmly-established school subject, taught by well-qualified, confident computing teachers in every school, with a steady recruitment pipeline of qualified graduates into the profession, and strong take-up of computing qualification at GCSE and A level. This document quantifies how far we are from meeting this goal, which in turn argues for consistent, sustained government support over a period of years.
  • Code to Joy, which appeared in the TES on 16 Jan 2014, is a 2,500 word overview of the opportunities and challenges of the new computing curriculum.

  • CAS Lead School Audit 2014: Brief report arising out of the audit of CAS Lead Schools in the Network of Excellence in the Autumn term 2014.

  • GCSE Computer Science subject criteria consultation: CAS response to DfE consultation on new GCSE CS criteria (September 2014)

  • New A levels: subject content consultation (December 2013) BCS and CAS response to the consultation on new A Levels

  • Primary Guidance (November 2013) A practical and informative guide written by CAS especially for primary schools in their preparation for teaching the new curriculum

  • Secondary Guidance (November 2013) A practical and informative guide written by CAS especially for secondary schools in their preparation for teaching the new curriculum

  • CAS computational thinking - A Guide for teachers - Guidance for both primary and secondary school teachers aimed at developing a shared understanding of computational thinking.

  • School Infrastructure (November 2013) A guide written by CAS outlining issues confronting schools and their ICT infrastructure in their preparation for teaching Computing

  • FINAL Programme of Study for Primary Schools(September 2013)

  • FINAL Programme of Study for Secondary Schools(September 2013)

  • Subject Knowledge Requirements for Computer Science Teacher Training: Published by the Teaching Agency. Provides a useful summary to help those wishign to teach computer science.

  • Draft COMPUTING programme of Study (February 2013)

  • Computer Science in the Ebacc (November 2012): Report from BCS Academy, with CAS, making the case for Computer Science to be included as an option in the English Baccalaureate.

  • Computing at school: an emergent community of practice for a re-emergent subject (July 2012) Paper presented at International Conference on ICT Education 2012

  • CAS, Naace, ITTE Joint Statement (June 2012) A joint statement prepared by CAS, Naace and ITTE about Computer Science and ICT in schools

  • ICT Consultation (DfE) (April 2012) - CAS/BCS reponse to the DfE consultation on disapplication of the ICT programme of study.

  • Computer Science as a school subject (March 2012) - draws on the experience of the Computing at School Group and explains what Computer Science is, and why it is strategically important. It begins with a 4-page summary, followed by appendices that provide further background.

  • A curriculum framework for Computing and Information Technology (March 2012) - Computer Science is a crucial academic strand of school education, but a rounded education in computational thinking and digital systems is broader. This document puts the pieces together, covering what is currently called ICT.

  • International Comparisons (December 2011) - A briefing note that summarises how computing (i.e. computer science) is taught at (high) school in other countries.

  • BCS Computing Fact Sheet (June 2011) - Why Computing education is important for the UK, prepared by BCS Academy.

  • Submission to the Curriculum Review (April 2011) - Copy of the joint BCS and CAS response to the review of the National Curriculum

  • BCS (with CAS) E-Baccalaureate submission (Mar 2011) - Copy of joint BCS CAS submission to Education Select Committee on the proposed English Baccalaureate.

  • Royal Society Call for Evidence (Nov 2010) - Copy of the BCS+CAS response to the Royal Society

  • Computing at school: the state of the nation (Nov 2009) - A report of the Computing at School Working Group, for the UK Computing Research Committee.

  • A Rationale for GCSE Computing (Aug 2008) - Why should there be a new GCSE in Computing? This document argues the case for creating a GCSE in Computing

  • CAS White Paper - The initial paper that proposed the formation of a national working group to give a single voice to confronting the challenges of computing in schools.


A Curriculum for Computing (KS3,KS4)

This curriculum, produced by a working party within CAS, describes in concrete terms what a Computing curriculum at school might look like. It uses the same structure as the National Curriculum Programmes of Study: importance of the discipline; key concepts; key processes; range and content; and level descriptors. It is not cast in stone, so please send feedback. In particular, it is intended to be comprehensible to school teachers (so please tell us if it isn't).

  • I Love My Smartphone - Curricuum materials from Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • Programming activities for Key Stage 3 - This document illustrates how the yearly objectives from the Framework for teaching ICT capability: Years 7, 8 and 9 can be grouped together and taught in a way that promotes and utilises knowledge and understanding of computing.

  • Greenfoot Programming Club - A collection of 10 lessons/sessions. ideal for use either in lessons or as part of an after-school programming club


  • Submission to Informatics-Europe Best Practice award. In June 2014, CAS made a submission to the Informatics-Europe Best Practices in Education award and were awarded the award in October 2014. This document contains our submission. The 2014 Award was awarded to CAS in October 2014 and is devoted to curriculum initiatives for promoting informatics in schools as a mandatory subject for all students.

  • Video debate: The Future of Computer Science in Schools - This video round table discussion produced by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, on behalf of the BCS Academy of Computing, was attended by BCS Academy of Computing Director Bill Mitchell; Andrew Herbert, former Chairman of Microsoft Research Europe and a key player in setting up the Computing at Schools Working Group; and Ian Livingstone of EIDOS, coauthor of the recent NESTA report, Brian Runciman MBCS chaired.

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