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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 courses available from January 2020 at a location near you:

  • Primary Programming and Algorithms
  • Teaching and Leading Key Stage 1 Computing
  • Teaching and Leading Key Stage 2 Computing
  • Teaching Programming in Primary Schools
  • Computing for New Subject Coordinators
  • Outstanding Computing for All

Please contact us if you would like more information and how to book. If you would like to host a course for next year, please contact us.

Secondary School Courses

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

Core Computing Pedagogy Programme

  • Creative Computing for Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 3 Computing for the Non Specialist
  • Key Stage 4 Computing for all
  • GCSE Computer Science – Developing Outstanding Teaching
  • Bridging the Gender Gap in Computer Science
  • New to subject leadership in Computer Science
  • Computer Science Head Of Department Development
  • Improving Attainment in GCSE Computer Science

Computer Science Accelerator Programme

  • Algorithms in GCSE Computer Science
  • Python Programming Essentials
  • Data and Computer Systems
  • Networks and Cybersecurity

Course Costs

Primary School Teachers

We offer one free place on each course to primary teachers in state-funded priority schools*. All other places will be charged at £35 per day.

*Priority schools are located in Local Authority Districts 5 and 6, please click here for details.

Secondary School Teachers

Bursaries for face to face CPD:

  1. A bursary for teachers taking part in the Computer Science Accelerator Programme
  2. A bursary for teachers from secondary priority schools attending face to face courses in computing science

Bursary for Computer Science Accelerator Programme:

The Computer Science Accelerator Programme offers free online courses to all teachers and free face to face CPD for teachers in state-funded education, if eligible.

Teachers of independent schools can access any of the online CPD for free. A fee of £220 per day is payable for face to face courses.

Bursary for face to face courses in computing pedagogy:

CPD is free for all secondary computing teachers in state funded priority schools*. A bursary of £100 per teacher, per day is payable to the school, following successful completing of the course.

*Priority schools are located in Local Authority Districts 5 and 6, please click here for details.

Non-Priority Funded Schools

Bursaries for face to face CPD:

The fee is £35 per day for teachers in state-funded, non-priority schools. The fee is £220 per day for teachers from independent schools.

More information on bursaries can be found here

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

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