Exeter Maths School, in partnership with Broadclyst Community Primary School and Uffculme School, is delighted to have been awarded official Computing Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education.

The National Centre for Computing Education is funded by the Department for Education and marks a significant investment in improving the provision of computing education in England.

The West Country Computing Hub is a focal point for local computing training across Devon and East Dorset – providing high-quality support for the teaching of computing in schools and colleges, from Key Stage 1 through to A level. Our extensive range of training, resources and support covers elements of the curriculum at every Key Stage, catering for all levels of subject knowledge and experience.

Whether you’re a teacher, employer or resource provider, there are plenty of ways you can engage with us.


To enable engagement with our CPD, a mixed offer of will be in place throughout the 2020/21 academic year – choose how and when you want to learn, through face-to-face, online, or live remote training.

If you have any questions, please email: TeachComputing@exeterms.ac.uk

Primary Courses

We offer free online courses and bursary-supported face-to-face/live-remote CPD (held during the day) courses for primary teachers working in state-funded schools in England.

Work-Stream Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Bursary per course or day
Primary Remote Day £35 per course day £220 per day*
Primary Remote Twilight** £35 per course day £0
Primary Face-to-Face Day £35 per course day £220 per day*
Primary Face-to-Face Twilight** £35 per course day £0

*One teacher from each school is eligible for a bursary to fund one course per academic year. This is payable on completion of the course. Subsequent teachers from the same school will pay £35 per course day.

 

Secondary Courses

For Key Stage 3 and 4 pedagogy, we offer free online courses to all teachers and face-to-face/live-remote CPD at a cost of £35 per course day, for teachers working in state-funded education.

Teachers who have completed the Computer Science Accelerator Programme are eligible to attend all Teach Computing CPD for free. Details will be sent on successful completion of the programme.

Work-Stream Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Bursary per course or day
Secondary Remote Day £35 per course day £0
Secondary Remote Twilight** £35 per course day £0
Secondary Face-to-Face Day £35 per course day £0
Secondary Face-to-Face Twilight** £35 per course day £0

 

Computer Science Accelerator Programme

The Computer Science Accelerator Programme offers free online courses to all teachers and free face-to-face/live-remote CPD for teachers in state-funded education. 

Funding of £220 per course, up to a total of £880, is available to attend face-to-face/live-remote CPD (held during the day) and is paid to schools or colleges to cover costs associated with CPD, including travel and supply cover.

Work-Stream Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Bursary per course or day
CSA Remote Day £0 £220 per course (Up to 4 Courses, i.e. £880)
CSA Remote Twilight** £0 £0
CSA Face-to-Face Day £0 £220 per course (Up to 4 Courses, i.e. £880)
CSA Face-to-Face Twilight** £0 £0

Total Bursary Overview

Teacher Progress  Bursary
Attend Face-to-Face/Live-Remote Course – Approx 5 hours of CPD per course £220 per course (Up to 4 courses, i.e. £880)
Complete the programme & pass the final test* £620 
Total Possible Bursary  £1500 

*Completion of the programme could be as little as 10 hours of CPD, for a subject specialist.

Trainee teachers who pass the final test are eligible for the bursary. This will be payable when claimed within one academic year of gaining QTS and once they gain employment in a state-funded school or college.

 

Independent School Fees

The fee for teachers working in independent schools for all courses is £220 per day. Therefore, for any courses running for more than one day, the fee is multiplied accordingly i.e. a 3 day course would cost £660.

 

**What Counts as a Twilight Course

As many schools end their day between 1430 & 1515, it has been agreed that any CPD course that starts after 1430 is a twilight course. This is the same for either face-to-face or live-remote delivered instances.

Primary Courses

For all available Primary Courses, please visit the Teach Computing website.

Primary Course Booking Links

Course Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Bursary Dates/Timings Booking Link
Introduction to Primary Computing Live-Remote Day £35 £220* Session 1 – Monday 28th June, 1200-1340
Session 2 – Wednesday 30th June, 1200-1245
Session 3  – Friday 2nd July 1200-1245
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*See Bursaries/Fee Information

Secondary Courses

For all available Secondary Courses, please visit the Teach Computing website.

Secondary Course Booking Links

Course Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Bursary Dates/Timings Booking Link
KS3 Computing (Module 1): Creative Curriculum Design Principles Live-Remote Day £35 £0 Session 1 – Tuesday 22nd June, 1100-1200

Session 2 – Wednesday 23rd June, 1000-1130

Session 3 – Friday 25th June, 1030-1145

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Solving Computational Problems in KS3 Computing Live-Remote Day £35 £0 Session 1 – Tuesday 13th July, 0900-1330 Click Here

*See Bursaries/Fee Information

GCSE Computer Science Accelerator Programme

The Computer Science Accelerator is a flexible professional development programme designed to give you the subject knowledge and confidence to teach GCSE computer science.


Programme Benefits

  • Gain the subject knowledge required to teach the GCSE curriculum with confidence and drive attainment in your school
  • Access a network of on and offline support to guide you through your professional development journey
  • Obtain a professionally-recognised training certificate, awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Teachers can choose to complete individual courses from a menu of face-to-face and online options.

The learning pathways will help you to get started and offer a structured route through the programme based on your level of experience.

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

The Computer Science Accelerator Programme supports teachers to build their skills, increase their subject knowledge and confidence in order to teach GCSE Computer Science.

Now trainee teachers, supply teachers and teachers wishing to return to the profession will be able to access free continuous professional development, support and training to help them to successfully teach this high demand subject at GCSE.

Support is already available to existing computing or computer science teachers from state-funded secondary, primary and middle schools, and state-funded FE colleges.

This eligibility criteria has now been expanded to include:

  • trainee teachers who may wish to additionally specialise in computing and computer science
  • computing trainees who want to top up their subject knowledge and gain a nationally recognised certificate
  • supply teachers that regularly teach computer science
  • returning teachers that will teach computer science
  • serving teachers at state-funded schools who are not currently teaching computing or computer science but who may wish to retrain and switch subject

The aim is to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE and A level, particularly girls, and those from disadvantaged areas. This means ensuring that there are enough teachers equipped and confident to teach computer science.

For all available GCSE CSA Courses, please visit the Teach Computing website.

GCSE CSA Programme Booking Links

Course Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Bursary Dates/Timings Booking Link
Python Programming: Working with Data Live-Remote Twilight £0 £0 Session 1 – Monday 28th June, 1600-1700
Session 2 – Monday 5th July, 1600-1700
Session 3 – Monday 12th July, 1600-1700
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Python Programming Constructs: Sequencing, Selection & Iteration Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Session 1 – Monday 5th July, 1300-1430
Session 2 – Thursday 8th July, 1300-1430
Session 3 – Friday 9th July, 1300-1430
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Maths in Computer Science Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Monday 19th July, 0900-1530 Click Here

*See Bursaries/Fee Information

Isaac Computer Science Teacher CPD

Teacher CPD events are designed to help A level computer science teachers build their confidence and understanding of the subject.

At each event, you’ll explore a computer science concept in depth, and you can easily adapt what you’ll learn for use in the classroom with your students.

We’ll also show you how to use the teacher functions on the Isaac Computer Science platform.

Isaac Computer Science Teacher CPD Booking Links

Isaac Computer Science CPD events in the Autumn term will be listed here. In the meantime visit the Isaac Computer Science website for upcoming courses.

Short Courses & Additional Events

When

16th June, 1600-1730

Cost

Free to attend!

Book your place! 

Summary

Children begin to make decisions about their future at a young age. To keep their options open, while starting to form ideas about future careers, it is vital they have authentic experiences with those working in a range of job roles. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers ready and willing to visit your school, for free, helping to dispel stereotypes, contextualise the computing curriculum and build subject knowledge among teachers and children. Join this short CPD session and plan how to build the cultural capital of children in your school, holding open the door to opportunity and future social mobility.

Who is it for?

Teachers and subject leaders of primary computing.

What topics are covered?

  • Overcoming barriers to future success in computing and STEM – find out what the evidence says about how children form their ideas and aspirations, and ensure that they don’t close-off possible futures.
  • Role models – consider the importance of ‘meeting people like me’ in computing careers.
  • Make authentic links to computing and the wider curriculum – benefit from the life experience and knowledge of volunteers from across the world of work, in the technology industries and in digitally-enabled roles.
  • Develop a simple action plan – find out how easy it is to engage with a STEM Ambassador, and to evaluate the impact they have on children.

When

22nd June, 1600-1800

Cost

Free to attend!

Book your place! 

Summary

This short introductory course demonstrates the value that STEM Ambassadors can add to the computing curriculum and the extra-curricular offer. Bringing these industry volunteers into the classroom can help make computing more relevant to young people, allowing them to consider computing as a future study and career option. STEM Ambassadors are great role models from the local area from the local area from a range of backgrounds.

Who is it for?

Subject leaders and teacher of secondary computing looking to enrich the subject.

What topics are covered?

In this single-session CPD you’ll learn the expectations for careers education in secondary schools, and how STEM Ambassadors can contribute. You’ll be guided through the process of requesting a STEM Ambassador engagement, with guidance on how best to utilise them in your teaching. You’ll also take-away lots of resources ready to use in teaching and learning, and in extra-curricular provision, created with STEM Ambassadors in a range of employer contexts. Finally, you’ll learn about possible next steps to fully integrate careers education into your curriculum, raising aspirations in computing among your students.

On Friday 9th July, the West Country Computing Hub will be launching it’s Festival of Computing. A one-day, online conference for primary teachers from across the South West.
Whether you’re leading computing in your school, or are new to the subject, the conference will cater for those in different positions with their provision of computing, with content for both key stage 1 and 2 teachers.
Free to attend, all content will be recorded and available for delegates to access after the event, providing the scope to revisit and focus on key concepts, or catch up on sessions you were unable to join.
With various strands to choose from, including coding, online safety and cross-curricular computing, teachers will be able to choose a pathway of workshops that is best suited to their individual needs and continuing professional development priorities.
It is our intention, to provide a wealth of inspiration for primary teachers to take back to their own classrooms!

 

When

21 July, 1600-1730

Cost

Free to attend!

Book your place! 

Summary

A practical introduction for beginners new to the Kodu environment. We will explore how to use Kodu to teach computing, along with a range of other subjects.

By the end of this session, you will have created your own world with characters that can move around your world and interact with objects. Most importantly, you will leave with the skills, knowledge and understanding of how to use this software in the classroom.

CAS Community Network Meetings – Primary & Secondary

Overview

The primary aim of Computing At School (CAS) is to promote and develop the teaching of computing in schools by supporting teachers. One way to achieve this is to provide teachers with a local forum to share ideas and mutual interests. These CAS Communities form the foundation of much of the work of CAS. CAS Community meetings are for teachers, run by teachers.

Details of our upcoming meetings and details of how to book your free place are provided in the primary and secondary sections below.

Please visit our collaborative Wakelet page with links & resources gathered as part of our regular meetings for the Exeter primary Computing at School Meetings. Here you’ll also find recordings of our previous sessions!

Date & TimeTopicSession OverviewBooking Link
Thurs 22 Apr, 1545-1630Using STEM Ambassadors to support Curriculum DeliverySTEM Ambassadors are an important and exciting free of charge resource for teachers and others engaging with young people inside and out of the classroom. Get an update from the South West Peninsula hub and hear about the benefits of using a STEM Ambassador in your school setting.Book your place!
Tues 8 June, 1545-1645Barefoot Programming Workshop - Be Cyber SmartThis session will explore the Barefoot Be Cyber Smart resources. The resources include lessons for both KS 1 and 2 in which pupils learn about a variety of cyber security related topics, including: ownership and permission in the digital world; The Computer Misuse Act and what activities using computers are illegal; and how cyber criminals use brute force methods to crack pin numbers (and what you can do to protect yourself!) Join the session and then take the resources straight back to use with your pupils.Book your place!
Date & TimeTopicSession OverviewBooking Link
Thurs 22 Apr, 1600-1700Q&A with Exam Board OCRSince exams were cancelled in January, teachers and students have been waiting to hear how grades would be awarded this summer. The DfE and Ofqual have now announced how GCSE, AS and A Level students will get results. Subject Advisor at OCR, Ceredig Cattanahc-Chell, will join us to answer your questions about the process, provide guidance and outline the key stages ahead.Book your place!

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