Computing Hub

Bishop Challoner Catholic College is delighted to announce that it has become one of the first schools in England to be awarded official Computer Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), in order to provide support for primary and secondary computing teachers in schools in the area.

The NCCE was set up in November 2018 by the Department of Education to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A level, particularly girls and those in disadvantaged areas, and to ensure that there is a strong pipeline of digital skills in England.

Email teachcomputing@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk 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.

To see a breakdown of the NCCE offer, take a look at our online booklets which will explain how we can support computing within your school. 

Primary NCCE offer - Essential toolkit

Seconday NCCE offer - Essential toolkit

 

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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.

Useful links

CAS Communities

Isaac Computer Science (A Level)

Twitter: @BCComputingHub

Computing - Birmingham and West Midlands courses

Computing courses - Primary Teachers

All primary courses will take place remotely via Adobe Connect.
Each course costs £35 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 our online booklet.

Course Title Starting Date Time Booking Link
Year 4 Teach Computing Unit Overview Wednesday 15th September 2021 15:45-16:45 Click here to book
Year 5 Teach Computing Unit Overview Thursday 16th September 2021 15:45-16:45 Click here to book
Taster and information session for primary teachers Wednesday 22nd September 2021 16:00-17:00 Click here to book
Leading primary computing  Friday 1st October 2021 09:00-15:00 Click here to book
Primary programming and algorithms  Tuesday 5th October 2021 09:00-14:30 Click here to book
Introduction to primary computing  Tuesday 19th October 2021 09:00-15:30 Click here to book
Teaching and leading KS1 Module 1 Tuesday 9th November 2021 09:00-15:00 Click here to book
Leading primary computing  Friday 12th November 2021 09:00-15:00 Click here to book
Teaching and leading KS1 Module 2 Wednesday 17th November 2021 09:00-15:00 Click here to book
*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 teachers

Our secondary courses will be a mix of face-to-face and remote courses. Our remote courses will take place via Adobe Connect.These courses are FREE to all teachers in state-maintained schools.

Bursaries are available for your school when participant(s) complete a course, they are also available for particiapnt(s) who sign up to the Computer Science Accelerator programme. We will be running the following courses throughout the Summer Term.

For more information about these courses and how to book on, take a look at our online booklet.

 

Course title Starting Date Time Booking Link
Introduction to algorithms, programming and data for D&T teachers Monday 6th September 2021 13:00-14:30 Click to book
Taster and information session for secondary teachers and seniors leaders  Thursday 16th September 2021 16:00-17:30 Click to book
*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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