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 & Spring term CPD and further news...


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. 
December: Crumble and Micro:Bit
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

Breaking News:

Primary teachers now welcome to undertake free subject knowledge certificate (CSA) 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 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:

  • Introduction to primary computing 29/11/2021
  • Teaching and leading key stage 1 computing – module 2 10/1/2022
  • Leading primary computing 18/1/2022
  • Teaching and leading key stage 2 computing – module 2 26/1/2022

Physical computing kits and courses available: see above.

Up-to-date listings are always available via TeachComputing

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 Autumn term:

  • Computing as a second subject for non-specialist teachers  2/12/2021 Short
  • New subject leaders of secondary computing 8th & 15th December
  • Give yourself a certificate for Christmas! Intensive certificate training during the last two weeks of term (while the mice are at play…). Sign up here for an invitation. Take the two courses, get CS champion support to help pass the test before the new year! And bring in a Xmas gift of at least £920 to your school!
  • Assessment in secondary computing 7/1/2022
  • KS3 computing (module 1): Creative curriculum design principles 12/1/2022
  • 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

Coming up:

  • Exciting plans for Spring Term 2022 – 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:

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.


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 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

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


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


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

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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