A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
National Curriculum in England: Computing Programmes of Study
The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) is delivering intensive face-to-face and online continuous professional development (CPD) at all key stages and high-quality teacher resources, including lesson plans, activities and homework ideas; face-to-face training for secondary school teachers without a relevant post-A level qualification; a network of ‘hub’ schools to deliver training, share expertise and best practice; and programmes to improve A level support and boost girls’ participation in computer science (around 1 in 5 girls take computer science at GCSE and 1 in 10 at A level).
Bingley Grammar School Computing Hub
Bingley Grammar School have been awarded official Computing Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), in order to provide support for primary and secondary computing teachers in schools in the area.
The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) offer financial support to state-funded schools and colleges across England, including bursaries to support continuing professional development and the delivery of computing education.
The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) offer world-class lesson plans, unit guides and teacher guides to support the teaching of computing.
National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE)
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The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) network of 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. They also have a number of Regional Delivery Partners that deliver courses locally and support our network of Computing Hubs.
Computing at School (CAS)
The Computing Teacher Network promotes and supports the teaching of Computing and Computer Science in UK Schools. CAS is part of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
The National Association for Education Technology (NAACE)
The Association state:
Naace is a community of teachers, school leaders, advisors, consultants and commercial partners working across all areas of UK education who share a vision for the developing role of technology in education.
Naace facilitates discussion and research within the edtech community, and acts as a unified voice through which its members can raise awareness and improve provisions for education technology. Membership grants access to resources for support and guidance as well as continued professional development.
Naace also maintains the Self Review Framework toolkit and NaaceMark accreditation, through which schools can improve upon and signal the strength of their edtech offering.
The Technology, Pedagogy & Education Association (TPEA)
The Association state:
TPEA is a national subject association and community of practice that combines two well-established organisations: The Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE) and MirandaNet.
We have been working together for the last 33 years. The aim of the organisation is to support and represent the views of those involved in training pre-service and in-service teachers. It has a specific focus on improving teaching and learning through the application of digital technologies across all subjects and through the effective teaching of computing as a subject. All of our activities are underpinned by research-informed practice.
Our concerns include: the pedagogical application of digital technology by all teachers; developing the teaching of computing and digital capability; and the effective use of digital technology in learning and teaching. We are an independent organisation, with our own internationally recognised journal: Technology, Pedagogy and Education.
Through our friendly and nurturing community, we encourage and support collaboration between organisations and individuals in developing robust evidence- based practice. We support the dissemination of the results of these activities nationally and internationally through conferences, journals, online publications, books and social media.