Computing Hub

The Birmingham and Central Midlands Computing Hub provides resources, training and support for teaching Computing in primary and secondary schools and colleges from KS1 through to A level. We can work with you to identify your computing needs and provide a targeted programme of support to help embed Computing in your school. The support includes high quality CPD with generous bursaries; teaching and learning resources; and school-to-school support.

Email teachcomputing@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk or phone 0121 441 6128 for more details.

What is currently available?

The NCCE offer provides the essential toolkit filled with inspiration and support for teaching primary and secondary computing. The offer includes training and enrichment to help you teach and lead computing curriculum and improve learning across your school.

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Computer Science Accelerator Programme

This programme is designed to support teachers from non-specialist backgrounds who want to improve their knowledge of computer science and teach it at GCSE level. Choose from face-to-face and online modules. Financial support is available for schools, including bursaries to help cover the costs associated with CPD participation.

Computer Science Accelerator Programme


Please phone 0121 441 6128 or email teachcomputing@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk for more details about our primary and secondary computing courses, online resources and how to access further support.

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Twitter: @BCComputingHub

Computing - Birmingham and West Midlands courses

Computing courses - Primary

Primary courses are delivered remotely or face to face. Each course costs £65 per participant from state-maintained schools. The £220 bursary is available for one teacher per school, in an academic year. 

For more information about these courses and how to book on, take a look at the teachcomputing website.

Course Title Starting Date Time Booking Link
Leading Primary Computing - remote (2 days)

22nd June 2022

29th June 2022

09.00-15.00

09.30-14.15

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Introduction to Primary Computing - face to-face (Birmingham)

23rd June 2022

30th June 2022

13.30-16.00

13.30-16.00

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Preparing for Ofsted in Primary Computing - remote (Short) 24th June 2022 15.30-17.00

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West Midlands Primary Conference 27th June 2022 13.30-16.00

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Teaching Key Stage 1 Computing, Module 2 - remote 28th June 2022 09.00-15.00

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Teaching Key Stage 2 Computing, Module 2 - remote 30th June 2022 09.00-15.00 Click to book
Getting started in Year 1 - remote (short course) 6th July 2022 15.45-17.15

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Getting started in Year 5 - remote (short course) 6th July 2022 15.45-17.15

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Assessment of primary computing - face-to-face (Birmingham) 7th July 2022 09.00-15.15

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Getting started in Year 2 - remote (short course) 7th July 2022 15.45-17.15

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Getting started in Year 3 - remote (short course) 7th July 2022 15.45-17.15

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Getting started in Year 4 - remote (short course) 7th July 2022 15.45-17.15

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Outstanding primary computing for all - face-to-face (Birmingham) 12th July 2022 9.30-15.30 Click to book
Implementing the Teach Computing Curriculum - face-to-face (Birmingham) 14th July 2022 9.30-15.30

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*Please note that some courses will run across several dates, we have only provided the 'Starting Date'.
Dates and times of these sessions can be found on the booking link for each course*

*Free webinar does not include a bursary

Computing courses - Secondary

Our secondary courses are a mixture of face-to-face and remote courses. There are a range of courses available for secondary teachers, click on the booking link(s) for course fees.  

Bursaries are available for your school when participant(s) complete a course, they are also available for participant(s) who sign up to the Computer Science Accelerator programme. 

For more information about these courses and how to book on, take a look at the teachcomputing website.

 

Course title Starting Date Time Booking Link
Assessment in secondary computing - remote (Short) Monday 20th June 2022 16:00-17:30 Click to book
Programming with Python - intensive CPD (3 days) - F2F Wolverhampton (CSA) Tuesday 21st June 2022 09.30-15.30

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Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection & iteration - F2F Wolverhampton (CSA) Tuesday 21st June 2022 09.30-15.30

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Python programming: working with data - F2F Wolverhampton (CSA) Wednesday 22nd June 2022 09.30-15.30 Click to book
Python programming: advanced subject knowledge, implementation & testing - F2F Wolverhampton (CSA) Thursday 23rd June 2022 09.30-15.30

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Preparing to take the CSA test - remote (Short) Thursday 23rd June 2022 16:15-17:45 Click to book
Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection & iteration for OCR  - remote (CSA) Monday 27th June 2022 12.30-17.30

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Supporting GCSE computer science students at grades 1-3 - remote (CSA) Monday 27th June 2022 14.30-15.45

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West Midlands Secondary Computing Conference Monday 27th June 2022 13.30-16.00 Click to book
Preparing to teach GCSE computer science - intensive CPD (3 days) - F2F Coventry (CSA) Tuesday 28th June 2022 09.30-15.30 Click to book
Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection & iteration - F2F Coventry (CSA) Tuesday 28th June 2022 09.30-15.30

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An introduction to algorithms, programming and data in computer science - remote (CSA) Tuesday 28th June 2022 14:15-15:45 Click to book
The internet and cyber-security - F2F Coventry (CSA) Wednesday 29th June 2022 09.30-15.30

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Representing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode - F2F Coventry (CSA) Thursday 30th June 2022 09.30-15.30

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Getting started with Python programming - remote (short course) Thursday 30th June 2022 15.45-17.15

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Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection & iteration - remote (CSA) Tuesday 5th July 2022 09.00-15.00

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Higher attainment in computer science - meeting the challenges of the exams - remote (CSA) Tuesday 5th July 2022 14.30-16.30

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Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE - F2F Birmingham (CSA) Tuesday 5th July 2022 09.30-15.30

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Understanding and delivering the programme project for OCR A level Computing - remote (short course) Tuesday 5th July 2022 14.30-16.30

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Python programming: working with data - remote (CSA) Wednesday 6th July 2022 09.00-15.00

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An introduction to algorithms, programming and data in computer science - F2F Birmingham (CSA) Wednesday 6th July 2022 09.30-15.30

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An introduction to computer systems, networking and security in computer science - F2F Birmingham (CSA) Thursday 7th July 2022 09.30-15.30

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The internet and cyber-security - remote (CSA) Friday 8th July 2022 09.00-15.00

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Python programming: advanced subject knowledge, implementation & testing - remote (CSA) Friday 8th July 2022 09.00-15.00

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An introduction to computer systems, networking and security in computer science - remote (CSA) Monday 11th July 2022 09.00-15.00

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Representing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode - remote (CSA) Tuesday 12th July 2022 09.30-15.30

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Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE - remote (CSA) Thursday 14th July 2022 09.00-15.00 Click to book
An introduction to algorithms, programming and data in computer science - remote (CSA) Friday 15th July 2022 09.00-15.00 Click to book
Preparing to take the CSA test - remote (short course) Monday, 18th July 2022 16.15-17.45

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*Please note that some courses will run across several dates, we have only provided the 'Starting Date'.
Dates and times of these sessions can be found on the booking link for each course*

 

*Free webinar does not include a bursary

Non-specialist teachers second subject pathways

The NCCE offer provides pathways for non-specialist teachers so that they can teach computing as their second subject. The offer has been developed within the CSA programme to ensure that teachers feel confident in attending courses aimed at and with their peers. This programme is also supported by the CS Champions who will supply an extra layer of support for participants.

If you are looking into teaching computing as a second subject, there a range of pathways available. The pathways have been specifically designed to support your journey to confidently teach computing.

Step one
Second Subject webinar - Optional

Attend a short 45 minute webinar on the benefits of teaching computer science. This webinar will explain how this scheme will enable you to teach computing as a second subject.

Step two
Pathway documents

Participant to read the pathway document for their subject. Then to book onto a package of courses linked to their main subject.

Step three
CSA courses

Attend at least two Computer Science Accelerator courses, ideally those scheduled for their main subject. These courses can be delivered remotely or face to face.

Step four
Beyond completion of CSA

Before taking the Computer Science Accelerator assessment which also provides a bursary to your school, you will engage with the CS champion support as well as online courses to prepare.

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Pathways for second subject teachers 

 

ScienceBusiness StudiesHumanities and PSHE PEMusic, Art and MediaModern Foreign LanguagesEnglish

 


Design and technology 

There is a slightly different route for teachers of D&T which focuses on exploring programming within a D&T context. This includes basic programming techniques and effective teaching methods of programming. Participants will then engage with content from the ‘An introduction to algorithms, programming and data’ course.

'Introduction to algorithms, programming and data for D&T teachers' will be running in September. Click here to find out more.

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Maths 

There is a slightly different route for teachers of Maths. This route focuses on Maths in Computer Science. A specific course has been designed to focus on the two subject working together, this course will support the subject knowledge of both Maths and Computing teachers. 

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Subject Matter Expert Support

We offer fully-funded consultancy from a network of subject matter experts, to support primary and secondary schools and colleges to improve their computing offer. Bursary funding is also available, payable to schools and colleges who meet the criteria below, upon completion of an action plan.

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If you would like your school to receive SME support, please complete the form and your local SME lead will contact you.

Complete the SME form

School to School support

If your school does not satisfy the eligibility requirements for SME support, we can still support you. Schools within Local Authority District 1-4 can still receive support from their local Computing Hub. There will be no charge for these support sessions that we offer.

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