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


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.

Autumn term CPD and further news...


Physical Computing – Crumbles (KS2) / Micro:Bits (KS2 & KS3) Kits and Intro Sessions

We held a fantastic summer event at The Centre For Computing History in Cambridge.
We are scheduling regular face to face sessions during the first week back after each holiday and half-term. You can use these sessions to schedule your forward planning alongside booking kits for your classroom. The first of these will be on 3rd and 4th November starting at 4pm.  Book a classroom kit using this form. In order for hubs to loan you kit, it is required that you attend one of these sessions.

Breaking News:

Primary teachers now welcome to undertake free subject knowledge certificate courses and gain the BCS accredited certificate – bursaries are available to cover supply up to £880 per school. See our hub courses under Secondary CPD below.

Our hub courses for Autumn 

– all remote – fees are now £65 per full day – bursaries available (£220 per day) – 1 per school per academic year:

  • Leading primary computing (2 day) starts 11/10/2021 & continues 20/10/2021
  • Assessing computational thinking in primary schools 04/11/2021
  • Teaching and Leading KS1 Modules 1  10/11/2021
  • Teaching and Leading KS2 Module 1  15/11/2021
  • Primary Programming and Algorithms 22/11/2021
  • Introduction to primary computing 29/11/2021

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

Up-to-date listings are always available via TeachComputing

STEM facilitation

A set of 3 courses which will enable and certify you for delivering STEM computing courses in the future. You need to have completed the F2F FD101 & FD102 courses before you can attend the next one.

  • FD103 (remote) 3pm 20th October

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 ICT 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.


Physical Computing – Micro:Bits (KS3) / VEX (KS4)

We held a fantastic summer event at The Centre For Computing History.

We are scheduling regular face to face sessions during the first week back after each holiday and half-term. You can use these sessions to schedule your forward planning alongside booking kits for your classroom. The first of these will be on 4th November starting at 4pm. Book a classroom kit using this form. In order for hubs to loan you kit, it is required that you attend one of these sessions. If you would like to use one of our VEX kits in the classroom, please contact the hub to arrange attending an intro session.

Courses coming up in the Autumn term:

  • Assessment in secondary computing 90 mins  05/10/2021
  • Encouraging girls into GCSE computer science 90 mins tbc
  • Computer systems: input, output and storage 12/10/2021
  • Fundamentals of Computer Networks 18/10/2021
  • Maths in Computer Science 01/11/2021 and 3/11/2021
  • Python programming: advanced subject knowledge, implementation and testing 08/11/2021
  • Search and sort algorithms 16/11/21
  • Introduction to computer systems, networking and security in GCSE computer science 18/11/2021
  • Key stage 3 computing for the non specialist teacher (tbc)
  • CSA – New to computing (tbc)
  • 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 working with OpenUK Digital on this amazing project for children from KS2 and KS3 running through Autumn 2021 – Easter Term 2022. 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, Raspberry Pi Picos or Crumbles) to use with your classes? Please fill out this form and we will get you booked in. You also need to attend one of our physical computing free sessions (being held regularly at The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.

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

Gender Balance in Computing – last chance to take part! 

Primary and secondary schools have one final opportunity to take part in the Gender Balance in Computing research programme run by the National Centre for Computing Education. 

  • Secondary schools: in the Relevance project, schools will be randomly allocated to a control group or an intervention group. The intervention group will be asked to adapt their curriculum and teach using some new resources that use computing to solve real-world problems and create an app. This project will run for 12 weeks with Year 8 pupils between January 2022 – April 2022. Deadline to sign up: November 10th

Find out more about these projects and register your interest at:


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 Spring Term 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 Holiday 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:



Portrait Rachel VidlerOur Primary Subject Matter Expert, Rachel 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.


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.

Contact both, in the first instance, through


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.

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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