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There’s a great deal happening as the National Centre for Computing Education gets cracking on its pledge to upskill 8000 computing teachers. We want to give you the skills you need to deliver a world-leading education to your pupils.

The consortium of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Raspberry Pi Foundation and STEM Learning were awarded the NCCE contract by the government in the autumn of 2018.

CPD courses are being added to the STEM Learning website on a regular basis.

Read on to find out all the other latest information. and if you have any questions then please get in touch: compatsch@bcs.uk


Week ending Feb 8th

  • Over 70 schools have registered an interest in an NCCE Computing hub, closing date is Feb 25.
  • Three briefing events held for those schools and the event presentation material can be downloaded from https://www.stem.org/opportunities-tender
  • Recruitment of teachers and trainers to the Regional Delivery Partner programme is well under way
  • The BT CAS Barefoot programme has reached the 2 million milestone! Hugely impressive. See https://www.barefootcomputing.org/
  • CAS hosting 7 regional meetings for the CAS Community leaders in March - more details soon
  • The A Level programme will be named "Isaac Computer Science " (ICS for short) to keep in line with the popular Isaac Physics programme


Week ending Feb 1st

  • Fifty-nine organisations have registered an interest to attend one of three briefing events taking place w/c 04/02/19 relating to becoming a school-based Computing Hub.
  • CPD courses for primary due for imminent release
  • There are now 40 courses for GCSE computer science teachers which are attracting a good deal of interest
  • More details about the certification available have been published - a really important aspect of the NCCE demonstrating impact and giving teachers assurance in their ability
  • CAS continue to receive applications from both existing and new teachers to run local CAS Community meetings - excellent!


Week ending Jan 25th

  • Ongoing contractual discussions are nearing completion with the 10 organisations appointed as Regional Delivery Partners (RDP's).
  • The invitation to tender to become a computing hub school is live and is generating good levels of interest.
  • Three briefing sessions for interested schools are being planned in Birmingham, London and York. Interest has been received from 36 organisations so far for the Computing Hub briefing events
  • Over 190 CAS Communities of Practice (CoP) applications have been received by CAS and BCS and are currently being processed and a refreshed branding is being introduced.
  • The Microsoft funded 2 day "Creative Computing at KS3" for new and aspiring heads of computing is now underway with 70 participants, the majority from category 5 & 6 areas.
  • Raspberry Pi are continuing to work on the Research report in relation to evidence around the teaching of computing with a draft due in mid-January.
  • The Phase 2 NCCE website is now live at https://teachcomputing.org
  • It was BETT!
    • Good to hear of CAS members making their presence felt on the NCCE stand
    • Lots of in-depth conversations and positive comments from those visiting the stand
    • Numerous registrations gathered across the four days of the event


Week ending Jan 18th

  • After dome deliberation and alternatives proposed the National Centre will be called "The National Centre for Computing Education"!
  • The applications for the Regional Delivery Partners are all in and the announcement of the successful institutions will come next week
  • NCCE will be at BETT, with CAS - do drop by and say "hello" if you are planning on going
  • The process of applying to be one of the 40 school-based Computing Hubs within the NCCE is now live. The closing date is Feb 25th (5PM).  To find out more and apply go to https://www.stem.org.uk/opportunities-tender
    • A Computing Hub should be an educational institution with expertise in computing education, which will provide a range of support for primary and secondary teachers of computing in schools in their local area. This will include teaching, resources and CPD activities for schools within a reasonable travel distance.
    • The recruitment of the Computing Hubs rests with STEM Learning
    • The final decision rests with the Schools Minister
    • Computing Hubs will be the focal point for local computing CPD, supported by a strong National Centre for Computing Education, covering practical and theoretical aspects of teaching computing.
    • STEM Learning are holding three information briefing events for schools interested in tendering in the week beginning 4 February 2019 in Birmingham, York and London. Each event will run from 11am to 3pm.
    • This could be a great opportunity for those of you who have already built up experience in CAS and being part of the Network of Excellence. Good Luck!
  • We have received over 190 applications to run CAS Communities of Practice!
  • Large amount of progress has been made for Phase 2 of the National Centre for Computing Education website release, which is due to launch week commencing 21st January, with completion of user testing with teachers to make sure we're on the right track
  • There are currently 51 live courses now available for recruitment booking.


Week ending Dec 14th

  • The expressions of interest to be a Regional Delivery Partner (RDP) are being scored with announcements to be made in the early New Year. 21 applications were received. Each RDP will be taking on ths task of building CPD opportunities in their designated regions. They'll be looking for experienced trainers as well as willing participants in the programmes to be offered, so keep an eye out for their announcements!
  • Delighted to report that there have been over 100 applications to run CAS Communities
  • Work is ongoing on developing an effective diagnostic tool for all teachers, primary and secondary, that will guide them to the next step in their CPD programme through the National Centre.
  • Processes are now being tested to ensure a smooth sign up to the National Centre when launched in January 2019
  • Recruitment to new positions has been ongoing throughout December
  • Numerous discussions held with DfE on contractual requirements around the key performance indicators for the programme and ensuring they match the anticipated time-line and expectations
  • BETT is coming! The National Centre will be there to answer any questions and help people sign up to what is being offered
  • Teachers are already accessing the Networking and Cyber Security course as well as Python programming for GCSE.
  • ... and lots of meetings!


Week ending Dec 7th

  • Invitation to tender for the Regional Delivery Partners closed.  The Regional Delivery Partners will take on the task of delivering CPD and other training while the school-based Computing Hubs get established.  There has been a very positive response from the HEI community to take on this transitional role.
  • Teams are hard at work generating content for the planned CPD programme to be delivered initially by the Regional Delivery Partners from mid-January 2019
  • The schedule for phase 2 of the NCCE website is on track
  • We continue to build the CAS Communities of practice with more renewals and new applications received this week
  • Reviewed data gathering for reporting especially with respect to the CAS Communities of practice and dovetailing with the planned face to face CPD.  CAS is updating its own event management system provided for its community leaders to ensure we can gather the data required for accurate reporting to DfE.


Week ending Nov 30

  • The issue about the future naming of the CAS Hubs, to avoid confusing with the National Centre Computing Hubs has been agreed and is being introduced to the CAS Community: see https://community.computingatschool.org.uk/forums/1/topics/9310 for more information
  • Thus far, 54 registrations for the creation/continuation of CAS Communities have been opened (13 new schools, 24 Secondary, 17 Primary/Secondary, and 9 Primary)
  • The CAS event management system is being enhanced to help existing and new CAS Community leaders arrange their meetings and assist with publicising their events
  • Sue Sentance hosted the #caschat this week, a summary can be found here
  • There has been good interest from both HEIs and schools to take on the transitional role of a Regional Delivery Partners (RDP) to kick-start the local delivery of courses and training. The deadline is December 7th. Each RDP will be asked to recruit a number of local subject matter experts from their region, primarily teachers e.g. CAS Master Teachers so keep an eye out for that call!
  • Progress is ongoing for development of new courses for both primary and secondary to start in the Spring term
  • Vacancies for key roles across the consortium have been advertised, applications and interviews are taking place.