Quickstart Computing Secondary are a set of resources that address the subject knowledge and the subject-specific pedagogy teachers need in order to plan, teach and assess the secondary computing curriculum effectively and confidently.
Welcome to CAS Secondary
Implementing and delivering the Secondary Computing Curriculum is a continual challenge, yet an exciting one. Computing at School can help and support you. We have high-quality resources, advice, and support from a community of CAS Secondary practitioners across Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5
You can also join our regular Twitter meetups #caschat.
The Royal Society has identified three distinct strands within computing, each of which is complementary to the others: computer science, information technology, and digital literacy.
Each component is essential in preparing pupils to thrive in an increasingly digital world.
At CAS we endeavor to provide a holistic approach to support all three strands.
I’ve learnt so much from other CAS members: it’s the place I go to for advice, support and resources for anything Computing related. CAS helps me remember that teachers in our own schools don’t have to work in isolation: we can share, collaborate and support each other. - Peter Dring - Fulford School, York
Quickstart Computing K2-K3 Transition are a set of resources that address the subject knowledge and the subject-specific pedagogy teachers need in order to plan, teach and assess the transition between KS2 and KS3 computing curricula effectively and confidently.
The BCS Level 2 Thinking as a Coder Award has been developed to engage and introduce young people to tech at an earlier stage of education. The qualification includes essential computational thinking and coding skills that support the creation of simple computer programs. (This is a paid-for resource)
The Arm School Program is working with key partners and driving initiatives to help close the STEM skills gap for Secondary Students. Through learning resources and training, our goal is to give all learners the opportunity to develop the interest, skills, and knowledge that support a lifetime of engagement in STEM.
Visit the Code Club website to access a selection of free coding projects which introduce students to a variety of coding languages. These projects are free to download and teach students how to create games, animations and more with code.
In the Resource Library you will find resources produced by CAS community members for CAS members to support the teaching and learning of computing. All are free to download. You must be logged in and a CAS member to access these resources. Click here to join.
Leading Secondary Computing
Being a Secondary computing lead can feel a little lonely at times. The CAS community is here to ensure that you can create a solid foundation for computing in your school in the secondary phase. Below are seven simple steps to get started.
- Join your local CAS community
CAS communities are local meetings run by teachers for teachers. Community meetings are a great opportunity to: meet other computing teachers; share ideas and resources; receive informal training and gain mutual support from colleagues. You can search for your nearest CAS Community here. Once you have found it, don’t forget to click on the “Join this Community” button to be linked in. There is no limit to the number of communities you can be associated with, so please feel free to join as many communities as you would like. Join the Secondary communities - Secondary KS3, Secondary K4 and Secondary KS5
- Download the Quick Start Secondary and KS2-3 Transition Guides
Quickstart Computing is a set of resources that address the subject knowledge and the subject-specific pedagogy teachers need in order to plan, teach and assess the secondary computing curriculum effectively and confidently.
- Sign up to the NCCE (National Centre for Computing Education)
The NCCE offers teachers courses and accreditation, bursaries for training, a free computing curriculum and community support. Teachers can complete nationally recognised Computer Science Accelerator and the Secondary computing certificate.
- Book an Isaac Computer Science Teacher CPD Event
Isaac Computer Science is a free online platform for teachers and students of A-Level Computing, with resources for use in the classroom, for homework and revision. Free Teacher CPD and student events are available to boost subject knowledge and inspire further study of computing.
- Explore exam board course resources
Many exam boards provide suggested schemes of work and sample assessment materials to support the delivery of the course. You may need to register your exam centre to access all resources.
Cambridge International (iGCSE)
- Start a Code Club
Any teacher can set up and run a Code Club, whether you are familiar with coding or completely new to it — because you will learn alongside pupils. The free projects take the work out of session planning, and no special equipment is needed.
- Explore these online safety resources:
NSPCC: E-safety for schools
UK Safer Internet Centre
Many of our communities are led by secondary specialists, and you are very welcome to attend any of these. Please check out our events page for more information. You need to be a CAS member and logged in to register for events.