Computing education: Learning resources and CPD

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

An initiative to support home teaching and online CPD for the national computing curriculum has been unveiled.

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) has launched a suite of online courses, live online support, a new home teaching programme and home learning resources.

The home teaching programme features computing activities that teachers and parents can schedule as part of the school day. A timetable of sequential, topic-led activities and live online support is available throughout the summer term and summer holidays.

Students can also attend one of the NCCE’s daily live drop-in sessions held online by computing teachers at its school hubs.

In addition, the NCCE’s offers a collection of more than 50 resource materials to support the delivery of the computing curriculum from key stages 1 to 4 with free quality-assured lesson plans, unit guides and activities.

For the workforce, CPD is also being delivered via a programme of online and live courses which can be accessed remotely. Each course is led by one of the NCCE’s facilitators and delivered remotely over a series of short sessions. In between, through structured tasks, teachers can explore key resources and reflect on their learning.

Teachers can continue to work towards the NCCE’s national training certificates in primary computing and GCSE computer science, by participating in the programme of remote and online CPD. Financial support is available for state-funded schools and colleges to support participation.

The £84 million, government-funded NCCE was established in 2018 with the task of increasing the number of pupils in schools and colleges studying computer science at GCSE and A level, particularly girls and disadvantaged groups.


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