National Centre for Computing Education
We are delighted that the Department for Education has confirmed that a consortium of STEM Learning, Raspberry Pi Foundation and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has been chosen to establish the National Centre for Computing Education, driving excellence in computing education across England.
Network of Computing Hubs – The National Centre for Computing. Please note that we will invite interested schools and colleges to express an interest in becoming a Computing Hub in early 2019 – week commencing 14 January 2019. Further information will follow.
A Computing Hub should be an educational institution with expertise in computing education, which will provide a range of support for primary and secondary teachers of computing in schools in the local area, as per expected outcomes which will include teaching, resources and CPD activities. There will be two categories – we will establish 10 High Capacity Hubs and 30 High Performance Hubs across England. The criteria for both categories is outlined below.
High Capacity Hub – A school or college with strong capacity in computer science teaching, based on the expertise and experience of current teaching staff, and a clear commitment from the senior leadership to supporting computing education in other schools, and good institutional experience of leading school-to-school support activities, collaborative networks, or similar projects. The school or college may be any pre-18 educational phase (e.g. primary, middle, secondary, all-through, further education) and must be state-funded.
High Performance Hub – A state-funded secondary or all-through school demonstrating, over the last three years: above average GCSE computer science attainment (based on the proportion of entries achieving grades A*-C or 9-4); and above average proportion of entries to GCSE computer science, based on the most recently available statistical release; and a current overall Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.