Spring term CPD and further news...

Primary CPD and events

Breaking News:

Primary teachers now welcome to undertake free subject knowledge certificate (CSA programme) courses and gain the BCS accredited certificate - bursaries are available to cover supply up to £880 (one teacher attending 4 F2f or remote courses) per school. See our upcoming CSA hub courses under Secondary.

Assessing Computational Thinking

Master:
  • Models of computational thinking that apply to the primary classroom
  • Adapting lesson plans to develop computational thinking
  • Formative and summative assessment approaches
  • Progression models through KS1 and KS2

Date: 2nd February

Time: 3pm 90 mins

Fee: free

Bursary: n/a

PRIMARY CORE

Preparing for Ofsted

Content will include:
outline of key Ofsted expectations
identifying main concerns
find out where your school is now in relation to Ofsted expectations
identifying questions that may be asked during a subject inspection
signposting support for your school’s computing needs
evidencing impact

Date: 8th February

Time: 3.30pm 90mins

Fee: free

Bursary: n/a

PRIMARY CORE

Primary programming and algorithms

Topics:
  • Developing understanding in KS1
  • Sequence and repetition
  • Selection and variables.

For: Any primary teacher or senior leader interested in teaching computing.

Part of the TeachComputing Primary Certificate programme.

Date: 1st March

Time: 9:30am – 3:15pm

Fee: £65

Bursary: £220*

PRIMARY CERTIFICATE

Getting started in year 4

Topics:
  • The Internet
  • Audio editing
  • Programming: repetition in shapes
  • Data logging
  • Photo editing
  • Programming in scratch: repetition in games

Date: 14th March

Time: 3.30pm 90 mins

Fee: free

Bursary: n/a

PRIMARY CORE

Getting started in year 2

Topics:
  • Information technology around us
  • Digital photography
  • Robot Algorithms
  • Pictograms
  • Making Music
  • Programming Quizzes

Date: 31st March

Time: 3.30pm 90mins

Fee: free

Bursary: n/a

PRIMARY CORE

Primary subject leader forums (Cluster areas) hosted by our Primary Lead Philip Atkin

South Cambs/Cambridge 24th February

East Cambs & Hunts 3rd March

Peterborough & Fenland 17th March

Time: 3:45pm 1 hour

Fee: free

Bursary: n/a

HUB ACTIVITY

* bursary for one primary maintained sector school per year, resets September

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Secondary CPD and events

Poster for innovation day

Breaking News:

Arm and the NCCE/STEM Computing Curriculum Hub for Cambs & E.Northants would like to welcome you to an “onboarding” session for Arm/NCCE Innovation Day to be held on July 5th 2022.

The innovation day is a whole day STEM project where learners are presented with challenges based on the Global Goals that they will build and program a solution for using micro:bits. The innovation day is competitive with prizes for the best projects and where learners demonstrate 21st century skills.

You will find out all about the competition, the supporting resources and the objectives for your students in Year 8. On July 5th four competitors from your school will be invited to a secret cybersecurity data centre just outside Cambridge to engage in a day of extraordinary cyber adventures.

The only criteria is that the Year 8 groups are formed with two girls and two boys, from a maintained school in one of the local area districts supported by the hub** and that they can be accompanied by a teacher on the day.

We look forward to sharing more about this with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact TeachComputing@ccc.tela.org.uk if you would like any further information.

classroom

Physical Computing – Crumbles (KS2) / Micro:Bits (KS2 & KS3) / VEX (KS4) Kits

We are scheduling regular short face to face sessions each half-term at The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge (free parking). How about combine this short CPD with dinner out or shopping in the City. You can use these sessions to practice and plan your lessons; teachers who already have a classroom kit booked can take away a practice kit at the end of the session. Schedule your forward planning alongside booking kits for your classroom. 
 
February: Crumble and Micro:Bit
 
Book a classroom loan kit using this form. In order for hubs to loan you kit and for you and your students to get the most out of the kit, it is advisable that you attend one of these sessions.
 
Guide to Physical Computing from TeachComputing – here

CSA Revision sessions

Simon Howe, the CS Champion working closely with our hub, is running monthly CSA revision sessions to support your efforts in gaining this terrific professional subject knowledge certification accredited by BCS.  Sign up here.

Simon Howe PortraitSimon Howe is Head of Computing at Ashton on Mersey school, where he leads and delivers the Computer science curriculum form Key Stage 3 to Key stage 5. In addition, Simon is a Google Qualified trainer, Raspberry Pi Educator, CAS Master Teacher and SLE, who prides himself on developed innovating ways to deliver the Computers Science curriculum across all key stages. Simon firmly believes the best way to educate pupils and build resilience is through real world experiences and physical computing to motivate and engage pupils in both the classroom and at home.

 

Courses coming up in the Spring term:

  • Teaching GCSE computer science: improving student engagement 31/1/2022
  • Computer systems: input, output and storage – 8/2/2022
  • Search and sort algorithms 9/2/2022
  • Diagnostic assessment for GCSE computer science – 30 minute webinar 22/2/2022
  • Representing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode 23/2/2022
  • We have produced a short course to help prepare for the A-level OCR Computing project – if you would be interested in this for your teachers, get in touch.

Up-to-date listings are always available via TeachComputing

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to find out what STEM computing ambassadors can bring to your schools:

This short (1.5 hour) introductory course demonstrates the value that STEM Ambassadors can add to the computing curriculum and the extra-curricular offer. Bringing these industry volunteers into the classroom can help make computing more relevant to young people, allowing them to consider computing as a future study and career option. STEM Ambassadors are great role models from the local area from a range of backgrounds.  Some will be attending too, to answer your questions.

If you would like us to put one of these sessions on, let us know.

working with SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

Primary

Portrait Rachel VidlerRachel Vidler, is a qualified teacher who has a wealth of experience in computing and using technology in the classroom. Her experience in schools, allowed her work as a previous Subject Leader Expert for the area, supporting local schools with their computing curriculum. She currently works as an SME, offering guidance and training for primary schools nationally, alongside facilitating CPD courses for the NCCE, and Leading Primary for another Computing Hub. Supporting Computing at School as a community leader, Rachel aims to keep on top of the ever-changing aspects of technology and computing, also being a Raspberry Pi Certified Teacher, Apple Teacher and Seesaw Ambassador. Get in touch at r.vidler@stem.org.uk

Tracy portraitTracy Chamberlain has been a teacher for 16 years and is the Computing Lead for the schools in her Federation. She has worked with the NCCE for two years as an SME, engaging with over 100 primary schools in the East of England.

Get in touch at t.chamberlain@stem.org.uk.

Secondary

Portrait Dave AbbottOur Secondary Subject Matter Expert, Dave Abbott, originally trained as an engineer and worked in industry for 25 years before returning to education and taking a degree in Computer Science. He then worked in further education for four years before moving into secondary education where he taught Computer Science for 15 years.

He has also managed IT systems in schools and introduced and developed E-Learning platforms. He is a Computing at school (CAS) master teacher of Computer science and has worked with East Midland schools and the Nottingham Trent University, delivering CPD sessions for both master teachers and classroom teachers for CAS. Get in touch at d.abbott@stem.org.uk.

 

We offer fully-funded consultancy from our hub subject matter experts, to support primary and secondary schools and colleges to improve their computing offer. Bursary funding is also available, payable to schools and colleges who meet the criteria below, upon completion of an action plan.

Our hub leads can also offer schools needs-analysis consultations. Email the hub.

STEM facilitation

Would you be interested in starting your consultancy career with undertaking some facilitation of computing CPD with STEM? Talk to us, we are always interested in hearing from experienced computing teachers who would like to undertake this CPD.

Are you yet to offer GCSE computer science or considering reintroducing it?

Your school/college will receive:

  • 2.5 days free consultancy and guidance

  • £1400 bursary

  • An additional £4000 bursary is available for schools and colleges who have not delivered GCSE computer science for an academic year or more and commit to delivering it in the next academic year.

Are you considering dropping GCSE computer science?

Your school/college will receive:

  • 1 day free consultancy and guidance

  • £1400 bursary

Have you started teaching GCSE computer science in the last 2 years?

Your school/college will receive:

  • 1 day free consultancy and guidance

  • No bursary

Are you a primary or secondary school in Local Area Districts 5 or 6?

Your school will receive:

  • 0.5 days free consultancy and guidance

  • No bursary

and working with LOCAL CAS COMMUNITIES

The primary aim of Computing At School (CAS) is to promote and develop the teaching of computing in schools by supporting teachers. One way to achieve this is to provide teachers with a local forum (CAS Community) to share ideas and mutual interests. CAS Community meetings are for teachers, run by teachers. Details of the upcoming community meetings can be found on the relevant community pages.

Our nearby CAS communities are:

The bursary for subject matter expert support is in addition to any funding offer from NCCE to schools and colleges to support professional development.

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WHAT IS A COMPUTING HUB?

Computing Hubs are led by schools and colleges across England with an exceptional track record in teaching computing. They deliver face-to-face courses and provide local support for teachers in primary and secondary schools in their area. This hub is run by Chesterton Community College in Cambridgeshire one of the ELA schools.

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Assessing Computational Thinking

Master…
  • Models of computational thinking that apply to the primary classroom
  • Adapting lesson plans to develop computational thinking
  • Formative and summative assessment approaches
  • Progression models through KS1 and KS2

Date: 2nd February

Time: 3pm 90 mins

Fee: free

Bursary: n/a

PRIMARY CORE

Preparing for Ofsted

Content will include:

  • outline of key Ofsted expectations
  • identifying main concerns 
  • find out where your school is now in relation to Ofsted expectations 
  • identifying questions that may be asked during a subject inspection
  • signposting support for your school’s computing needs
  • evidencing impact

Date: 8th February

Time: 3.30pm 90mins

Fee: Free

Bursary: n/a

PRIMARY CORE

Primary programming and algorithms

Topics:

  • Developing understanding in KS1
  • Sequence and repetition
  • Selection and variables.
For: Any primary teacher or senior leader interested in teaching computing.

Date: 1st March

Time: 9:30am – 3:15pm

Fee: £65

Bursary: £220*

PRIMARY CORE