West Country Computing Hub

 – Devon & East Dorset –

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.

Click here to skip to the relevant section: Primary / Secondary / Computer Science Accelerator Programme / Isaac Computer Science Teacher CPD 

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

We have adapted our programmes to enable you to participate from home.

Alongside The National Centre for Computing Education, we have developed a series of remotely delivered courses, which can be accessed from home.

Each course is broken down into a series of short-sessions, usually delivered over the course of a week, to help you to fit your study around other commitments.

The below programme provides details of the primary and secondary courses being delivered remotely, allowing teachers to continue their professional development wherever they are. Alternatively, please visit: www.teachcomputing.org/courses 

Primary Live-Remote Courses

Secondary Live-Remote Courses Pt.1

Secondary Live-Remote Courses Pt.2 

We continue to provide online professional development courses for primary and secondary schools teachers and strongly encourage you to sign up.

If you have any questions, please contact Sophie: 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

Face-to-Face Courses

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 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.

Primary Programming and Algorithms (1 day)

During this one-day professional development, you will discover engaging and effective ways to help children use computational thinking. You will be equipped to develop their knowledge of how technology works, and the skills to make computers follow instructions in simple programs.

Introduction to Primary Computing (1 day)

Computing in primary schools is a practical, creative and knowledge-rich subject. This course provides teachers with the knowledge and confidence to get started on the journey to outstanding computing in your school, whether you’re a subject coordinator or another interested teacher.

Primary Course Booking Links

*See Bursaries/Fee Information

Spring term dates coming soon!

Secondary Courses

Face-to-Face Courses

Outstanding Teaching of GCSE Computer Science (4 day)

This four day course explores the research and pedagogy behind outstanding teaching at GCSE in Computer Science, including how to teach programming successfully, using technology in the classroom, effective theory teaching, encouraging girls into GCSE computer science.

Creative Computing for Key Stage 3 (3 day)

This three day course explores the fundamentals of a successful key stage 3 computing curriculum. Focusing on curriculum design, the course will look at how to build an inclusive curriculum, how to engage students in programming, physical computing and building a successful department.

Key Stage 4 Computing For All (1 day)

The one day course will explore how computing at KS4 can be embedded cross curricular, the different qualifications available and how to build a strong curriculum offer for all students.

Key Stage 3 Computing For Non-Specialist Teachers (1 day)

For Key Stage 3 computing teachers who are new or existing to the subject. This CPD covers the key subject knowledge topics required to teach the computing Key Stage 3 programme of study.

Secondary Course Booking Links


Course Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Bursary Dates/Timings Booking Link
KS3 Computing for Non-Specialist Teachers (CD445 E02) Live-Remote Twilight £35 £0 Session 1- Monday 22nd February, 1600-1700
Session 2- Tuesday 23rd February, 1600-1700
Session 3- Monday 1st March, 1600-1700
Session 4- Tuesday 2nd March, 1600-1700
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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.

Face-to-Face Courses

Introduction to GCSE Computer Science

This course allows participants to learn the core subject knowledge that unlocks understanding of the whole computer science GCSE curriculum, and the key terminology used. This course is designed to be an introduction of the 4 areas to the GCSE Accelerator programme.

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.

Algorithms in GCSE Computer Science 

An understanding of algorithms is fundamental to success in computer science. To reach their full potential, students of GCSE computer science need to be confident in using decomposition and abstraction to solve problems. This course centres on the core search and sort algorithms; exploring how they manipulate data.

Data & Computer Systems in GCSE Computer Science

Computer programs are written in a language that humans understand, but what about the computer itself? Every piece of software and the instructions and data it contains is encoded and processed as 1’s and 0’s. This course opens the box, looking at the components, internal architecture and low level instructions needed to make all modern computers function

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.

Online Courses

For a full list of available online courses that can be accessed to complete the Computer Science Accelerator Programme, please click here.

GCSE CSA Programme Booking Links


Course Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Bursary Dates/Timings Booking Link
Computer Processors Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Session 1 – Wednesday 25th November, 1200-1300
Session 2 – Monday 30th November, 1200-1300
Session 3 – Wednesday 2nd December, 1200-1300
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Python Programming Constructs: Sequencing, Selection & Iteration Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Session 1 – Wednesday 9th December, 1430-1600
Session 2 – Friday 11th December, 1430-1600
Session 3 – Wednesday 16th December, 1430-1600
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Representing Algorithms using Flowcharts & Pseudocode Live-Remote Twilight £0 £0 Session 1 – Tuesday 8th December, 1430-1530
Session 2 – Thursday 10th December, 1530-1615
Session 3 – Wednesday 16th December, 1430-1600
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Search & Sort Algorithms Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Session 1 – Tuesday 12th January, 1200-1300
Session 2 – Wednesday 13th January, 1430-1530
Session 3 – Tuesday 19th January, 1300-1400
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Fundamentals of Computer Networks Live-Remote Twilight £0 £0 Session 1 – Monday 25th January, 1600-1700
Session 2 – Tuesday 26th January, 1600-1700
Session 3 – Monday 1st February, 1600-1700
Session 4 – Tuesday 2nd February 1600-1700
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Higher Attainment in GCSE Computer Science – Meeting the Challenge of Exams Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Session 1 – Tuesday 23rd February, 0930-1030
Session 2 – Wednesday 24th February, 0930-1030
Session 3 – Tuesday 2nd March, 0930-1030
Session 4 – Wednesday 3rd March, 1430-1530
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Fundamentals of Computer Networks Live-Remote Twilight £0 £0 Session 1 – Monday 15th March, 1600-1700
Session 2 – Tuesday 16th March, 1600-1700
Session 3 – Monday 22nd March, 1600-1700
Session 4 – Tuesday 23rd March, 1600-1700
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Python Programming Constructs – Sequencing, Selection & Iteration Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Session 1 – Wednesday 17th March, 0930-1100
Session 2 – Friday 19th March, 1030-1200
Session 3 – Wednesday 24th March, 0930-1100
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An Introduction to Computer Systems, Networking & Security in GCSE Computer Science Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Session 1 – Tuesday 23rd March, 0930-1030
Session 2 – Thursday 25th March, 1100-1200
Session 3 – Tuesday 30th March, 0930-1030
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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


This course will provide teachers with the necessary knowledge and understanding to deliver the topic of complexity to their students.

Despite the much-increased speed of computer hardware, programmers seek maximum efficiency when coding solutions. This is partially due to the increase in the data volume to be processed.

Course Delivery Type Fee Dates/Timings Booking Link
Complexity Live-Remote Free Tuesday 24th October, 0930-1230 Book Here

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