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


Robot Code Library

CAS National Conference

This year is the 10th anniversary of the CAS National Conference and it promises to be a great event. It takes place in Birmingham on Friday 15th June and Saturday 16th June 2018.

It will a celebration of all things CAS with a range of inspiring plenaries and classroom-based workshops for both Primary and Secondary teachers of Computing.

The conference will be a time to reflect, a time to look forward and a time to recharge the batteries, with new ideas and resources from experienced colleagues.The CAS conference is a great way to experience all that the CAS community has to offer. For full details and to book, visit here.

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