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Computing Hub

Our Computing Hub provides quality computing-specific Continued Professional Development (CPD) for teachers in primary and secondary schools across Southend, Essex, Thurrock and 8 North-East London Boroughs.

We are part of a network of National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) Computing Hubs across the country.  The network is led by STEM Learning in conjunction with Raspberry Pi Foundation and BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

The national programme of Primary & Secondary CPD:

  • aims to improve teachers’ subject knowledge & confidence in all aspects of computing to support the National Curriculum teaching requirements at Key Stages 1 - 4.
  • provides practical advice on how to teach this to pupils.
  • aims to improve girls’ engagement in secondary school computing and computer science.
  • aims to upskill participating teachers to teach the new knowledge-rich GCSE Computer Science more effectively (via the Computer Science (CS) Accelerator programme).
  • aims to train and certify 8,000 secondary computing teachers (via the CS Accelerator programme).

We run courses at schools and other venues in the following geographical areas:

Essex: Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Tendring and Thurrock.

London: Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

If you would like any further information, or how to get involved with the programme (as either a host venue or becoming a facilitator to deliver the courses) please get in touch with Caroline Anderson at c.anderson@setsa.info or by calling 01702 476026 x326.

The face-to-face and online CPD is split into the following programmes:

The Core Primary Programme

Classroom courses:

Bursaries area available for teachers from state funded schools. Please see Funding & Fee below..

If you see a course that you are interested in, check our Courses page where you can find it easily by searching with the course code:

  • Teaching and leading key stage 1 computing (2-day course) Course code CH001 

  • Teaching and leading key stage 2 computing (2-day course) Course code CH002

  • Primary programming and algorithms (1-day course) Course code CH003

Online courses:

Please click the link and select your required level from the drop down box:  https://teachcomputing.org/courses?utf8=%E2%9C%93&level=&location=Online&topic=&certificate=cs-accelerator#filter-results 

The Core Secondary Programme

Classroom courses:

See Funding & Fee for cost information.

If you see a course that you are interested in, check our Courses page where you can find it easily by searching with the course code:

  • GCSE Computer Science - developing outstanding teaching (4-day course) Course code CH2005

  • Creative computing for Key stage 3 (3-day course) Course code CH2006

  • KS4 computing for all (1-day course) Course code CH207

Online Courses:

Please click the link and select your required level from the drop down box:  https://teachcomputing.org/courses?utf8=%E2%9C%93&level=&location=Online&topic=&certificate=cs-accelerator#filter-results 

The Computer Science (CS) Accelerator Programme

Classroom courses:

Bursaries are available for teachers from state-funded schools.  Please see funding and fee link below.

If you see a course that you are interested in, check our Courses where you can find it easily by searching with the course code:

To enrol on the CS Accelerator programme please visit: https://teachcomputing.org/cs-accelerator

  • Algorithms in GCSE computer science (2-day course) Course code CH2000

  • Data and computer systems in GCSE computer science (2-day course) Course code CH2001

  • Networks and cyber-security in GCSE computer science (2-day course) Course code CH2002

  • Python programming essentials for GCSE computer science (2-day course) Course code CH2003

  • **NEW for 2020** Introduction to GCSE computer science (2-day course) Course code CH210

Online courses:

Please click the link and select your required level from the drop down box:  https://teachcomputing.org/courses?utf8=%E2%9C%93&level=&location=Online&topic=&certificate=cs-accelerator#filter-results 

Funding & Fees

Fees and bursaries are determined centrally by the NCCE.  Please visit https://teachcomputing.org/bursary for up to date information.  

(Please note: courses on the Core Secondary Programme fall under the “Secondary teachers – Key stage 3 and 4 pedagogy” category) .

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