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.

Commenting on the news, Sarah Watson, Headteacher, said: “We are delighted to be among the first wave of Computing Hubs. It is recognition of the high-quality standards we set in computing education at The Castle School and the results we achieve. We look forward to working as part of the NCCE network to help improve computing education in the South-West. We will be working closely with the other hubs, the Exeter School of Mathematics and ourselves have already been working together and this is an exciting opportunity to develop our work further. Gemma Chapman, lead for the Computing Hub, is an outstanding practitioner with a first class Honours degree in Computing and we are really fortunate to have her in the school to take this forward.’

Chair of the National Centre for Computing Education Professor Simon Peyton Jones said: “It’s exciting to be announcing the first Hubs. They will be the local face of the National Centre for Computing Education, providing tailored support to all computing teachers (primary, secondary and colleges), to equip them to make the new computing curriculum into an inspirational reality in every classroom in the land.

“Our partnership with teachers is vital to our mission. A single inspired, equipped, valued and supported teacher will influence tens or hundreds of children every day, and thousands over their career.”

For more information, contact Gemma Chapman, lead for the Computing Hub.

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Courses available

More information will be available shortly on the following courses:

Primary - Outstanding Key Stage 1 and Outstanding Key Stage 2

Secondary - Accelerator programme courses:

                                         1. Networks and Cyber security for GCSE

                                         2. Python programming essentials for GCSE

All of the courses are two day.

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