Computing Hub for Cambs & E.Northants

Computing Hubs have been established to help schools and colleges lead improvement in Computer Science education in England. Our vision is for every child in every school in England to have a world-leading computing education.

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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.


  • Bedford
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Corby
  • East Northamptonshire
  • Fenland
  • Kettering
  • Peterborough
  • South Holland
  • Wellingborough

Summer holidays 2021 and further news...

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

Fantastic summer event at The Centre For Computing History on 13th August. Get practice and classroom ideas for using either or both #crumble and #microbits. Sign up for Crumble 9.30-11am and/or Microbit  11.30am-1pm. Our hub can loan you kits to use in your schools too.

Leading Primary Computing 
Start date: 23rd August
Duration: 2 days

See other items below: Research opportunities and loan equipment are available for Primary schools too.

CSA in the Summer for teachers new to computing track:

Remote: 2 days – 9th August and 11th August

STEM facilitation – start your consultancy career on 17th August (+19th & 24th):

A set of 3 courses which will enable and certify you for delivering STEM computing courses in the future.

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

Fantastic summer event at The Centre For Computing History on 13th August. Get practice and classroom ideas for using either or both #crumble and #microbits. Sign up for Crumble 9.30-11am and/or Microbit  11.30am-1pm. Our hub can loan you kits to use in your schools too.

We are working with OpenUK Digital on this amazing project for children from KS2 and KS3 running through July and August 2021. We are planning an event to introduce this to teachers soon. Read more here. If you are in a priority 5/6 school you may be able to get the glove and MicroBit free to use with your students. Email us if you want to join in (

Do you need to borrow equipment (Micro:Bits, VEX or Crumbles) to use with your classes? Please fill out this form and we will get you booked in.

We are working with Raspberry Pi on the Gender Balance in Computing Research project. Read more about it here.

Trials starting in September 2021 still have some space
 – Belonging (i3) with Year 5 pupils – rescheduled from March 2021
 – Teaching Approach (i1a Stage 2) with Year 4, Year 6 or Year 8 pupils
 – Non-formal Learning Code Clubs (i5 Arm 1) with years 4- 6 as an extra-curricular activity

The Isaac team are reaching out to the community for some engagement regarding the design and usability of Isaac CS GCSE and it’s integration into the Isaac platform. They are looking for a wide range of schools to take part in this pilot that will involve testing out two topics. Please complete the  following survey to express an interest in being part of this exciting pilot to bring Isaac CS to even more students.

Coming up:

  • Exciting plans for Autumn 2021 – the Hub will be joining up with CAS and ARM to offer a fantastic physical computing competition for teams from schools in our area. 
  • Forward planning for Easter 2022 – the Hub is preparing GCSE revision immersion workshops for students to be rolled out across our area with help from CAS and other local schools.

Interested? Let us know.


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

15th September

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.


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:


We offer fully-funded consultancy from a network of 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.

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

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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