FAQ

FAQ

  1. Should we still invest our time in CAS?
  2. I’ll be curious to know how CAS is going to be funded in the future…?
  3. When are we going to see training locally?
  4. We need to improve provision in early ages to increase the uptake of girls. To do this schools must be held accountable, how can we make this happen?
  5. When will the application process for hub schools open?
  6. Is it anticipated that training and CPD will be provided through the new hubs? In which case, will the new HUBs be eligible for financial support if this takes place during term time?
  7. How will schools apply to become a Hub school?
  8. How will the decision making process work?
  9. Will independent schools be able to become a Hub school?
  10. Will the NCCE be working with some of the smaller companies who have worked closely alongside CAS to provide training & resources to teachers?
  11. How do I get involved with the teacher training?
  12. What can I do to help?
  13. What responsibilities will hub schools have for training teachers?
  14. Will hub schools recieve financial support for leading CPD training in their area?
  15. What will be the role of CAS Master Teachers
  16. How will the regional hubs operate?
  17. Is there an actual location for the new NCCE?
  18. How will trainers be selected?
  19. Will the trainers be current Computer Science teachers?
  20. Will active CAS Master Teachers/Hub Leaders be used for the training?
  21. Will there be a hub school in Telford and Shropshire?
  22. Which web address links to applying to become one of the 40 hubs?
  23. Will the NCCE have a regional presence?
  24. Will the North East have any input as it is not a 5/6 area?
  25. When will a new name for CAS hub be announced? What do we call it in the meantime?
  26. Are you bringing in new Master Teachers/Community Leaders?

NB. Our partner, The Raspberry Pi Foundation, have published a blog post which may be of interest

1. Should we still invest our time in CAS?

Yes! CAS will continue to be a vital community for building confidence, training and other support for both primary and secondary school teachers of computing. The CAS Local Communities are the bedrock of both CAS and the NCCE.

2. I’ll be curious to know how CAS is going to be funded in the future…?

CAS has always been reliant on the support of industry, project funding and most importantly the significant support provided through BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, which is committed to supporting the CAS community of teachers in the future.

3. When are we going to see training locally?

The recruitment of the National Centre Computing Hubs will begin as soon as is practicable with the aim of having all in place by July 2019. There will be more information in the coming weeks about the application process.

The on-line courses are being developed at the moment with the first tranche available from January 2019. The CAS Local Communities of Practice (aka "CAS Hubs") will continue to run providing local support and training and these will dock with the new National Centre Hubs as they get established.

In the meantime, and so that the work of training teachers starts as soon as possible, STEMLearning are looking to recruit around ten universities to deliver teacher training CPD starting in January 2019. This will be on a fixed-term contract basis, until 31 October 2019, from which point the school hubs will be fully operational.

4. We need to improve provision in early ages to increase the uptake of girls. To do this schools must be held accountable, how can we make this happen?

One of the lots focuses specifically on piloting a series of initiatives to increase the uptake of girls across both primary and secondary. The result of this procurement has not yet been announced but gender and issues associated with both diversity and social mobility are high on the agenda for the National Centre and the network of Computing Hubs.

5. When will the application process for hub schools open?

We can expect this to start early in the New Year, January 2019. More information about the application process will be available in the coming weeks.

6. Is it anticipated that training and CPD will be provided through the new hubs? In which case, will the new HUBs be eligible for financial support if this takes place during term time?

The majority of the funding for the National Centre and its Network of Computing hubs will go to those schools selected by the Minister of State to be one of the new Computing Hubs. Any training providing through those hubs for schools and teachers in Category 5 and Category 6 schools will be provided free and all other face to face training will be capped at significantly reduced rate to enable maximum uptake.

7. How will schools apply to become a Hub school?

More information on how to apply to be a Computing Hub will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime you can email info@teachcomputing.org to let the team know that you are keen to hear more about the process of becoming a Computing Hub.

8. How will the decision making process work?

There are fixed criteria to determine initial eligibility which have been laid down by the DfE. These include (a) most recent Ofsted report is Outstanding; (b) Computer Science GCSE results are above the national average; (c) higher than average numbers taking Computer Science GCSE; (d) a state school The final decision will be taken by the Minister for Schools

9. Will independent schools be able to become a Hub school?

No, part of the criteria is that Computing Hubs have to be state schools. Independent schools will still be able to run or contribute to a local CAS Community.

10. Will the NCCE be working with some of the smaller companies who have worked closely alongside CAS to provide training & resources to teachers?

Yes. The NCCE will ensure that any existing partnerships between local, and national, employers will be maintained and will also be seeking new partnerships and relationships as part of the employer engagement programme being run by BCS.

11. How do I get involved with the teacher training?

If you are keen to be part of the teacher training delivery, you can view current vacancies at www.teachcomputing.org or contact info@teachcomputing.org if you have specific questions about how you might be able to support as an independent organisation/person.

The local CAS Community groups are an essential part of the overall activity of the NCCE and CAS are recruiting new leaders for this role. Use this form to register your interest

12. What can I do to help?

There a number of ways in which you can help:

  • Support your CAS Local Community! Attend meetings, offer to present and provide training at the meetings, work with the CAS Local Community Leader to plan the programme for the year
  • Run a CAS Local Community. Use this form to express an interest to run a CAS Local Community
  • Contact STEM Learning offering your services (info@teachcomputing.org)
  • Consider applying for one of the new positions with the NCCE

13. What responsibilities will hub schools have for training teachers?

More information about Computing Hubs will be available in the coming weeks. We expect the application process to start early in the New Year.

14. Will hub schools receive financial support for leading CPD training in their area?

Yes. More information about Computing Hubs will be available in the coming weeks. We expect the application process to start early in the New Year.

15. What will be the role of CAS Master Teachers?

CAS will continue to operate the CAS Master Teacher programme separately from the work of the NCCE as we do not anticipate any funding being made available to support CAS MAster Teachers as under the NoE contract. It is important to recognise and award CAS MAster Teacher to those colleagues who are willing to commit to supporting their peers through local CPD and other training and support. We anticipate this will be an important step in the career pathway for teachers of Computing leading to Chartered Status. We will publish more details shortly.

16. How will the regional hubs operate?

There will be 40 school-based Computing Hub responsible for inspiring and equipping teachers in its area, supported by guidance and resources from a central National Centre team. More information about Computing Hubs will be available in the coming weeks. We expect the application process to start early in the New Year.

17. Is there an actual location for the new NCCE?

No. Each of the consortium partners operate with a head office but the NCCE itself will not have a physical building. The NCCE will be made visible through the 40 school-based Computing Hubs.

18. How will trainers be selected?

We will contact STEM Learning for an answer here.

19. Will the trainers be current Computer Science teachers?

All trainers will be required to meet a minimum standard as defined by STEM Learning

20. Will active CAS Master Teachers/Hub Leaders be used for the training?

We expect to draw on all the available resources in our community to share their expertise and experience. CAS Master Teachers would be invaluable as trainers in our view.

21. Will there be a hub school in Telford and Shropshire?

The DfE, in particular the Minister for Schools, will make the final decision on which schools are finally selected to be an NCCE Computing Hub.

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22. Which web address links to applying to become one of the 40 hubs?

More information about Computing Hubs will be available in the coming weeks. We expect the application process to start early in the New Year

23. Will the NCCE have a regional presence?

The NCCE consists of 40 secondary school-based Computing Hubs. These will be selected, by the Minister for Schools. It is anticipated these will have sufficient regional coverage for practical access for the majority of teachers of Computing.

24. Will the North East have any input as it is not a 5/6 area?

Yes. Priority for funding and bursaries will be made for those teachers coming from schools in Category 5/6 areas but training and support will be available for all.

25. When will a new name for CAS hub be announced? What do we call it in the meantime?

For now, we are using the term CAS Local Community.

26. Are you bringing in new Master Teachers/Community Leaders?

Yes! Use this form to express an interest in running a local CAS Community in your area