The Castle School Computing Hub

The Castle School awarded Computing Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education

The Castle School is delighted to 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 Castle School is part of a network of Computing Hubs across England and will be a focal point for local computing training for schools, and will also form links with industry and universities. The NCCE was set up in November 2018 by the Department for Education to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A level, particularly girls and those in disadvantaged areas, and to ensure that there is a strong pipeline of digital skills in England.


Courses on offer - Primary Core 

Teaching and Leading Key Stage 2 Computing (2 day)

Over two days you will broaden your understanding across the KS2 computing curriculum. You will strengthen your knowledge of computer systems and networks, including the internet and technologies such as search engines. You will demystify computers, developing understanding of data fundamentals such as binary, and learning how the parts of a computer system handle this data to carry out useful tasks.

 

Teaching and Leading Key Stage 2 Computing (2 day)

Venue: Cannington Court, Bridgwater, TA5 2HA
Start date: Tuesday 20 January & Wednesday 11 February 2020     

To register & book:

https://www.teachcomputing.org

 

Teaching and Leading Key Stage 1 Computing (2 day)

Supporting teachers with KS1 computing, this two day course explores how to effectively teach computing to KS1 students including algorithms and programming, digital literacy, creative computing and presenting information.

 

Teaching and Leading Key Stage 1 Computing (2 day)

Venue: Cannington Court, Bridgwater, TA5 2HA
Start date: Monday 28 January & Tuesday 12 February 2020
To register & book:

https://teachcomputing.org/

 

 

 

PRIMARY STATE FUNDED SCHOOL – NON-PRIORITY

PRIMARY STATE FUNDED SCHOOL – PRIORITY

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

FIRST TEACHER - FEES

£35 PER DAY

FREE

£220 PER DAY

ADDITIONAL TEACHERS - FEES

£35 PER DAY

£35 PER DAY

£220 PER DAY

BURSARY AVAILABLE

N/A

£100 PER DAY - FIRST TEACHER ONLY

N/A

 

Courses on offer – Secondary Core

 

Key Stage 4 Computing for All

This action-oriented professional development course explores the options available to teachers in different school contexts. The key outcome is an individualised plan to provide a high quality computing education in KS4 for all students – working within current timetabling arrangements and also planning for a comprehensive qualification suite that attracts significant numbers of learners.

 

Venue: The Canalside, Marsh Lane, Bridgwater, TA6 6LQ
Start date: Monday 2 December 2019
To register & book: https://teachcomputing.org/

 

 

SECONDARY STATE FUNDED SCHOOL – NON-PRIORITY

SECONDARY STATE FUNDED SCHOOL – PRIORITY

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

FIRST TEACHER - FEES

£35 PER DAY

FREE

£220 PER DAY

ADDITIONAL TEACHERS - FEES

£35 PER DAY

£35 PER DAY

£220 PER DAY

BURSARY AVAILABLE

N/A

£100 PER DAY - FIRST TEACHER ONLY

N/A

 

Courses on offer – Computer Science Accelerator Programme

The Computer Science Accelerator (CSA) Programme is a professional development programme designed to support teachers from non-specialist backgrounds who want to improve their knowledge of computer science and teach it at GCSE level.

The programme is suitable for those already teaching or planning to teach GCSE computer science and will help teachers to fill potential gaps in their knowledge. Generous financial support is available for schools, including bursaries to help cover the costs associated with CPD participation.

The CSA Programme offers free online courses to all teachers and free face-to-face CPD for teachers in state-funded education. A £1800 bursary is available for teachers in state-funded education on completion of the programme.

Benefits for you:

  • update your skills and be recognised for your subject knowledge
  • feel more confident to teach this high demand subject across the curriculum
  • choose from face-to-face and online modules to suit your learning needs
  • save time on lesson planning and gain inspirational teaching ideas
  • call on a team of champions on hand to support you throughout the programme

We hope you find the programme supportive and that it helps to give you the confidence to teach computer science across the curriculum.

Teachers can choose to complete individual courses from a menu of face-to-face and online options, as detailed below. Download the brochure for an overview of the programme, learning opportunities and support available for teachers.

 

To start your Computer Science Accelerator Course register here https://teachcomputing.org/cs-accelerator

Download the brochure here, for an overview of the programme, learning opportunities and support available for teachers.


Face-to-Face Courses

Networks & Cyber-Security in GCSE Computer Science

Networked computers and cybersecurity issues are the focus of this professional development. Gain comprehensive knowledge of the hardware and software systems that comprise networks, including the globally connected systems forming the internet. We will demystify the numerous protocols, network topologies and key applications used for data transfer between computers.

Venue:

Dillington House, Ilminster, TA19 9DT

Start date: 4 & 26 February 2020
To register & book:

https://teachcomputing.org/

 

Python Programming Essentials in GCSE Computer Science

The level of programming skill required for GCSE may seem daunting to those without a programming background. This professional development aims to take you from novice programmer to competent teacher of Python programming.

Venue:

Dillington House, Ilminster, TA19 9DT

Start date: Tuesday 10 March & Monday 30 March 2020
To register & book:

https://teachcomputing.org/

 

 

 

SECONDARY STATE FUNDED SCHOOL

SECONDARY STATE FUNDED SCHOOL – PRIORITY

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

FIRST TEACHER - FEES

FREE

FREE

£220 PER DAY

ADDITIONAL TEACHERS - FEES

FREE

FREE

£220 PER DAY

BURSARY AVAILABLE PER TEACHER

£440

£440

N/A

 

Bursary available for completing the Computer Science Accelerator Programme.

BURSARY REQUIREMENT

BURSARY AVAILABLE

Attending 1st Two Day Face to Face Course

£440

Attending 2nd Two Day Face to Face Course

£440

Complete the programme including 2 online courses and sitting final test

£620

Additional bursary to support classroom practice – once full programme completed

You must complete a minimum of one course (online or face-to-face) by 29 February 2020 to be eligible for this.

£300

TOTAL AVAILABLE

£1800

 

Online Courses

For a full list of available online courses that can be accessed to complete the Computer Science Accelerator Course https://teachcomputing.org/courses

 

Contact The Castle School Computing Hub by email: teachcomputing@castle.somerset.sch.uk

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