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Welcome to the Suffolk Computer Hub

As part of the National Centre for Computing Education, the Suffolk Computing Hub provides local, tailored support to all computing teachers in Primary and Secondary Schools. The Teach Computing Hubs combine local expertise in teaching and learning in computer science, facilitating CPD, and providing school-to-school support.

During the period of school closures, we supported teachers across the country by delivering our outstanding CPD remotely. Supporting schools during this time and ensuring that the health and safety of everyone that we work with is our priority. Therefore, we have decided that over the Autumn term, that we will be remotely delivering the majority of our courses. We are offering a mixture of course timings from daytime, half term and twilight sessions to ensure that accessibility isn’t a barrier. We hope to offer traditional face to face and blended courses in the new year. Please see below for more details on each course.

National Centre for Computing Excellence

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) is a virtual organisation, funded by the Department for Education, and has been established to ensure that every child in every school in England can have a world-leading computing education. By bringing together the best expertise in computing education the NCCE provides wide-ranging support and opportunities for teachers of computing at all stages of their careers. A one-stop shop for computing education, offering: leadership; expertise; evidence-based interventions; high quality face-to-face and online CPD opportunities; free, quality-assured and curriculum-linked resources; and a nationwide network of Communities of Practice to enable teachers to collaborate with their peers. The National Centre for Computing Education is run by a consortium, made up of STEM Learning, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. www.teachcomputing.org

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Suffolk Computing Hub

The National Centre for Computing Education is establishing a network of up to 40 Computing Hubs to deliver a school-led system of leadership of education across England. The network will be led by schools and colleges with an exceptional track record in teaching computing.

Computing Hubs will provide local, responsive and appropriately tailored support available to all computing teachers in state primary and secondary schools and colleges in their area, collectively providing national coverage. They will be the focal point for local computing CPD, and will draw upon local expertise to provide a range of CPD opportunities for all teachers, with a particular focus on teachers in schools in category 5 and 6 Local Authority Districts.

West Suffolk College has been chosen to lead the Computing Hub within Suffolk with support from its partnership schools and BT.

Support that the Hub can offer your school:

  • Courses – face to face and online training
  • Bespoke training
  • Extra-curricular Support
  • Computing curriculum reviews

Primary School Courses

 

Primary school remote delivery courses available Autumn Term 2020

  • Teaching and Leading KS1 Module 1
  • Teaching and Leading KS1 Module 2
  • Teaching and Leading KS2 Module 1
  • Teaching and Leading KS2 Module 2
  • Introduction to Primary Computing  
  • Primary Programming and Algorithms

Secondary School Courses

Secondary school courses are available from January 2020 at a location near you:

Core Computing Pedagogy Programme

  • KS3 for computing for the non-specialist

Computer Science Accelerator Programme

  • Introduction to computer systems, networking and security in GCSE computer science
  • Computer processors
  • Introduction to algorithms, programming and data
  • Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection and iteration
  • The internet and cyber security
  • Python programming; working with data
  • Representing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode
  • Fundamentals of Computer networks 

Course Costs

Primary Schools

Fees and Bursaries

While courses are being remotely delivered, they will be comprised of multiple sessions. The fee for each course is £35 per full course.

Bursaries of £220* are available for each state funded school to support extra costs related to attending courses. If your school has received the bursary in the last academic year, this will be reset from 1st September 2020.

Bursaries are only available for courses that begin during the day (before 2:30pm).

*One bursary per school each academic year For more information about fees and bursaries, please see: teachcomputing.org/bursary

Secondary Schools

Fees and Bursaries

While courses are being remotely delivered, they will be comprised of multiple sessions. The fee for each core secondary course is £35 per full course.

Computer Science Accelerator Programme

Each course within the Computer Science Accelerator programme is free to attend once the participant is signed up to the programme.

Bursaries of £220* are available for each state funded school to support extra costs related to attending these courses, however these are only available for courses that begin during the day (before 2:30pm).

*One bursary per course (upto 4 courses as part of the programme)

Once the participant has completed the Computer Science Accelerator test, they will also be able to claim the additional bursary for having completed the bursary. For more information about fees and bursaries, please see: teachcomputing.org/bursary

To find out more or book your place, please contact our Computing Hub team:

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STEM East

Our aim is to provide you with regular updates about STEM activities and STEM related CPD courses in your area. We hope we can help you enhance your teaching and offer you even more opportunities to engage and inspire our young people in STEM. Our newsletter is a collaborative venture, we are working together with various organisations across the East Anglian region to bring you up to date STEM information which we hope you will find interesting. If you have any STEM activities that you would like us to include for future editions then please email them to us and we will advertise them for you. If you require further details about any of the events and courses advertised then please get in touch: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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