One of the key demands for the National Centre for Computing Education will be to provide a programme of continuing professional development for teachers in both primary and secondary schools. It’s vital to acknowledge that, for the most part, teaching is a graduate profession and many who have chosen this career have already worked very hard to achieve their qualification to teach. The certificate offered through the National Centre for Computing Education is not a qualification to teach, but the award will reward and recognise the teacher’s:
- level of subject knowledge
- their commitment to professional development
- their understanding of appropriate pedagogies for teaching computing.
Three types of
Teachers that gain new knowledge and skills will be awarded a meaningful certificate with currency in the wider school system. It will provide a nationally recognised benchmark and will be an important aspect of career development for teachers. The certificate will also provide a pathway to chartered status.
Three certificates are available to teachers:
1. Primary Computing
2. Secondary Computing and
3. GCSE Subject Knowledge – part of the Secondary Computing Certificate
All certificates will be awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and accredited by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
The three separate components to certification are:
Commitment to professional development
Commitment to professional knowledge credits (plus passing the GCSE Subject Knowledge certificate)
Supporting the professional community
Teachers registered with the National Centre for Computing Education are automatically part of the certification programme. To earn credits, teachers will successfully complete professional development activities and record their reflections on what they have learned and its impact on their pupils. The teachers pick their own courses after completing an initial diagnostic assessment. The GCSE Subject Knowledge certificate is an important part of the secondary certificate and can be awarded separately; it is primarily for those accessing the Computer Science Accelerator programme, discussed on page 18. It is based on the successful completion of 40 hours of professional development and a subject knowledge test. To take full advantage of all that is on offer, you can register with the National Centre for Computing Education at teachcomputing.org and complete the initial diagnostic assessment to find out which courses would be most beneficial to your teaching.
This article was originally published in this month’s Hello World - Issue 8 - the magazine for computing and digital making educators produced as a collaboration between the Raspberry Pi Foundation and CAS. Subscribe here (helloworld.cc/subscribe) to receive your free print or digital copy today.