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16 December 2021

BETT is back and so is CAS!

Following the rapid escalation of omicron cases across the UK and around the world, the decision has been taken to postpone Bett 2022, alongside Ahead by Bett, Learnit and the Hosted Leaders Programme. The new dates for these events are 23-25 March 2022, and will continue to take place at the ExCeL London.

The event is a great place to be inspired by all things computing, network with others and discover new innovative products and services.  BETT lasts for three days and will be running from Wednesday 23rd - Friday 25th March.  As there is no option to attend on Saturday, the show will stay open until 8pm on Thursday evening allowing teachers to attend the exhibition after school on that day.  More information about this can be found on the BETT After Hours page. Doors open each morning from 10am and each day has a full programme of events available.   

Computing at School are thrilled to be part of the BETT exhibition once again and will be hosting the following sessions:

Barefoot computing - hands on unplugged activities to teach computational thinking

Speaker: Jon Chippindall, Barefoot Content Director - BCS

Wednesday 23rd March 3-3:30pm BETT Academy Live (North)

This hands-on session will introduce delegates to Barefoot computing who provide free resources and workshops to support teachers to teach computational thinking and programming in primary schools. Delegates will take part in a range of unplugged activities and be introduced to the Climate Champions resources designed to enhance pupils' digital skills in the context of tackling the climate crisis. Delegates will then be given a tour of the Barefoot website to illustrate where they can sign up and access the full range of free resources as well as joining one of the free online workshops.

Learn more. 

Developing computing in your school: a strategic approach newly launched Computing Quality Framework Mark

Speaker: Niel Mclean
Thursday 24th March 10:50 - 11:20am Bett Academy Live (South)

Using the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) free Computing Quality Framework to take stock of your school's computing curriculum and plan for the future. A computing experience for students needs skilled teachers, a well-planned curriculum, great teaching resources and the support of SLT. The NCCE's Computing Quality Framework is a free online tool which helps schools review where they are against best practice. It helps future planning and links directly to the NCCE resources schools put those plans into action. This session will provide an overview of the framework and how to use it.

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Primary subject leaders' toolkit - reflections from the classroom

Speakers: Neil Rickus, Senior Lecturer - University of Hertfordshire, Stella McCarthy, Acting Deputy Head Teacher & Digital Strategy Lead - Benhurst Primary School & Will Franklin Class teacher & Community Outreach Manager - CAS

Thursday 24th March 2:10pm - 2:40pm Bett Academy Live (North)

During this presentation, you will hear from experienced primary computing subject leads on how they develop the subject in their school, including examining: - family and community engagement, such as online safety events and coding competitions - how to lead and develop staff to increase their computing capability, including less confidence teachers - effective resourcing of computing, in conjunction with the school development plan - pedagogical and subject knowledge, along with the latest developments in primary computing - how to demonstrate expertise in the subject, such as when discussing computing with staff and external agencies, including SLT and Ofsted.

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In these sessions we will share reflections from our community on how to survive OFSTED inspections. More information to follow.

To register for BETT and find out more information about the full programme available, please click here.

If you are planning to attend, please drop by and say hello. We would be thrilled to see you!