UpNorth! Online Teach Computing Conference CJ310 / E01

Start date
14 Feb 23
5 Hours


UpNorth! Online Teach Computing Conference

Brought to you by the North East computing hubs

The UpNorth! Online Computing Conference for Primary and Secondary School Teachers is a virtual event designed to provide practitioners with the latest information and resources to enhance their teaching of computing in the classroom. The conference features a variety of sessions delivered by experts in the field.

Keynote Speakers

Opening - Beverly Clarke

12:10 - 13:00

In this keynote, TechWomen100 Award winner, Beverly Clarke, will look at the technologies shaping our future world and changing industry sectors along with what we need to foster in the classroom to support our learners to be effective digital citizens in the fourth industrial revolution

Primary Workshops

  • 13:00 - 13:30

    • Physical Computing at KS2: This session will explore the use of physical computing devices, such as microcontrollers and sensors, in the classroom and how they can be used to enhance the learning experience.

  • 13:30 - 14:00
    • Early Years: This session will focus on the importance of computing education in the early years and will provide teachers with ideas and resources for teaching computing to young children.
  • 14:00 - 14:30
    • Code Club: This workshop will focus on how Code Club can be used in schools to increase student engagement and ambition in STEM subjects. Learn about the curriculum and resources available through Code Club, as well as strategies for integrating coding into existing classroom instruction.
  • 14:30 - 15:00
    • Primary Assessment: This session will examine different assessment methods for computing education in primary schools and provide teachers with tools for evaluating student progress.
  • 15:00 - 15:30
    • Project Evolve: This session will introduce teachers to Project Evolve, a new initiative aimed at helping schools to improve their computing curriculum and teaching methods of online safety.
  • 15:30 - 16:00

    • Ofsted: This session will cover the latest Ofsted guidelines and expectations for computing education in primary and secondary schools.

Secondary Workshops

  • 13:30 - 13:30
    • Using Office 365 for Evidencing Student Work: This session will demonstrate how Office 365 can be used to create and store digital portfolios of student work and provide teachers with strategies for using this tool effectively.
  • 13:30 - 14:00

    • Physical Computing: Join us for a thrilling workshop on microbits! Learn about the latest advancements in computing, programming, and robotics using tiny yet powerful microcontroller boards. 
  • 14:00 - 14:30
    • Cyber Security: This session will provide teachers with tips and strategies for keeping their students safe online and protecting their personal information.
  • 14:30 - 15:00

    • IDEA Award: The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, is an international award-winning programme that helps you develop and demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free
  • 15:00 - 15:30
    • MediaLib: This session will introduce teachers to MediaLib, MediaLib is a portable low-level library for accelerating multimedia applications, with interfaces in C. 
  • 15:30 - 16:00
    • Ofsted: Understand the inspection process, expectations, and how to prepare for a deepdive in secondary computing"

Keynote Speakers

Closing - Dr. Sue Sentance

16:00 - 16:40

  • Dr. Sue Sentance will be discussing the latest research on gender balance in computing. Gender balance in computing is crucial for innovation and progress, a diverse tech workforce is proven to lead to better products, services, and decision-making. By working towards closing the gender gap in tech and fostering an inclusive industry for all.

Who is it for?

  • This online conference is for both primary and secondary teachers

What topics are covered?

There will be a range of sessions for both primary and secondary, participants can choose to drop in or attend all sessions.


  • Physical Computing at KS2
  • Early Years
  • Additionality - Running Code Club
  • Primary Assessment
  • Project Evolve
  • Ofsted


  • Using Office 365 to enhance Teaching & learning and evidence student work 
  • Physical Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • iDEA Award
  • MediaLib (New Python Library)
  • Ofsted

How will you learn?

All sessions will be delivered remotely, attendees will need access to a device, microphone, and camera. 

How long is this course?

The online conference will start at 12:00 and will close at 17:00.

Attendees can choose to attend all sessions or drop into the sessions they are interested in.

Who is the course leader?


Overall the conference aims to provide teachers with practical knowledge and ideas to improve the implementation of computing education in their classrooms and to provide networking opportunities for teachers to share their experiences and ideas for best practices.


1 Teach Computing Conference14 February 202312:00-17:00Virtual

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Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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