Gender Balance in Computing

An opportunity to get involved with the Gender Balance in Computing project, a major new research project looking at how to engage more female students in computing, as part of the National Centre for Computing Education.

In 2018, only 20% of all GCSE Computer Science students were girls1, but girls are well-represented in extra-curricular learning programmes such as Apps for Good. So the first strand of the new project will investigate the links between extra-curricular learning and school subject choice, in order to discover new ways of encouraging girls to consider GCSE Computer Science.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is looking for secondary schools who are interested in being part of the project. It’s open to schools who offer GCSE Computer Science and who already run / are open to running the Apps for Good programme with their Year 8 pupils.

Key information:

  • The project will run from September 2019 to March 2020.
  • Schools taking part will be asked to use the Apps for Good App Development Standard Course with Year 8 pupils (girls and boys) at some point during this time; this course takes an average of 12 hours to deliver.
  • Schools may be asked to try out some new resources designed to encourage more girls to consider GCSE Computer Science. These resources will be very similar to the standard Apps for Good programme, with some extra activities.
  • Apps for Good will provide schools with ready-to-use materials to minimise the demand on teachers’ time.
  • Pupils will complete short online surveys at the start and the end of the project, in order to measure the impact of the new resources.
  • If you agree to take part, your school will receive the new resources in either September 2019 or March 2020

To get involved, complete this 2-minute form by Tuesday 18 June, and Raspberry Pi will send you further information.

1From the Roehampton Annual Computing Report 2018.

Computer Science Teacher Bursaries

Computer Science Accelerator Programme

A flexible and bespoke programme to equip teachers with the knowledge required to teach GCSE computer science.


The programme offers:
• the pedagogical knowledge required to teach GCSE computer science, regardless of a teacher’s existing subject knowledge, with topics including Python programming and cybersecurity
• flexible learning and personalised professional development delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online courses
• generous bursaries to support teachers’ participation in face-to-face CPD
• access to free online courses, enabling you to learn at a time and place that suits you
• free, quality assured resources to help you plan, deliver and assess learning
• regionally delivered CPD (Regional Delivery Partners, Computing Hubs) and local CAS communities of practice so you can network with other computing educators
• expertly-designed content with a focus on developing knowledge of the entire GCSE curriculum and encouraging inclusive teaching practices
• links with industry partners to bring the computing curriculum to life in the classroom

Am I eligible for the Computer Science Accelerator Programme?
Any teacher can access the Computer Science Accelerator Programme. Computing teachers with no relevant post A level qualification from an English state-funded school can access funding up to £880 to cover your course and supply costs.

Is there any certification for the Computer Science Accelerator Programme?
Our nationally accredited certificate is highly personalised and will take up to six months to complete, with multiple courses to choose from, both face-to-face and online.

To be awarded a National Centre of Computing Education certificate in GCSE subject knowledge a teacher will need to:
• complete 40 hours of CPD, including at least two face-to-face courses
• participate in at least two online courses, around 16 hours in total
• register for and complete a short subject knowledge test
• keep the National Centre updated with their progress

Find your nearest face-to-face CPD course here

Improve Computing at your Primary School with Funded CPD

Would you like to improve computing at your school? 

For many teachers, the computing curriculum remains something of a challenge. Few of us studied the subject at school or University and effective CPD has been scarce.

But all this is about to change.

The Government has funded the NCCE (National Computing Centre for Education) to provide support and training for primary class teachers and secondary computer science teachers.

For most schools, this training will be free and accompanied by a bursary.

We are currently offering the following face-to-face courses in Nottinghamshire, Peterborough and Lincolnshire (Course dates in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk TBA)

  • Outstanding computing at KS1 (2 days) 
  • Outstanding computing at KS2 (2 days) 
  • Primary Programming and Algorithms 

Find out more and book your place:

For schools in Category 5 or 6 local authority districts training will be free and will be accompanied by a bursary. Find out if your school is in a Category 5 or 6 area here

Teachers from other schools may attend for £35 per day

 

Need help convincing your SLT that this is important?

Download NCCE Flier

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Computing Lesson Ideas

Over the next few months we’ll be pulling together a collection of easy, fun activities that will help your pupils developing their understanding of the computer science aspects of the Computing curriculum:

Year 5/6 Algorithm Magic - Algorithms and Debugging

Lesson plan

 Algorithm Magic presentation

 

Year2/3 Algorithms and implementing Algorithms - Mission to Mars (two lessons) 

Lesson plans

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Robot Code Library

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