Opportunities to tender

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.

The Government is committed to making England the best country in the world for computing education. In November 2017, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £84 million of funding for computing in order to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A level and to ensure there is a strong pipeline of digital skills. There is a particular focus on getting girls into computing and those in disadvantaged areas.

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) invites proposals from interested parties to become one of around 40 Computing Hubs in England, supporting the work of the NCCE to July 2022. The final number will be determined by the need to provide a geographical spread across England, and will lead the delivery of computing CPD in local areas.

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’. 

During the contract period, Computing Hubs will provide local, responsive and appropriately tailored support available to all computing teachers in state primary and secondary schools and colleges in their area, collectively providing national coverage. Computing Hubs will be the focal point for local computing CPD, supported by a strong National Centre for Computing Education, covering practical and theoretical aspects of teaching computing, within a reasonable day’s travel.

We will be holding three information briefing events for schools interested in tendering. The first event will be held in Birmingham on Monday 4 February (running 12:00-4:00 p.m.). The second event will be held in York on Wednesday 6 February 2019 and the third event will be held in London on Friday 8 February 2019 (both running 11:00-3:00 p.m.). If you wish to express an interest in attending one of these briefing sessions, please email D.Greaves@stem.org.uk by no later than Friday 25 January 2019.

We have received a number of queries from schools about the benefits of becoming a computing hub, both in terms of the schools' reputation and the funding available. This document offers further clarification. 

Submission of tender – Tender submissions should be submitted by no later than 5pm on Monday 25 February 2019.

Resource creation: Grand Challenges

STEM Learning is seeking individuals with the necessary experience to carry out work to develop resources for secondary teachers and other educators, related to the UK Government’s Grand Challenges, specifically the following four themes. Each theme requiring three sets of resources each pitched at a specific level.

Computing themes:

  • Artificial Intelligence - use data, Artificial Intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030.
  • Ageing society - ensure that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.

Chemistry theme:

  • Future Mobility - put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles, with all new cars and vans effectively zero emission by 2040.

Physics theme:

  • Clean Growth - at least halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030.

Deadline for submission: by 12:00 on 27 February 2019.

How to apply

This is an electronic-only submission process; therefore all documentation must be submitted in PDF format as a single zipped folder if the size of the submission is greater than 10MB.

Proposals should be no longer than three sides of A4 (excluding CVs of people involved) and typed in Arial size 12 font. If the proposal exceeds this limit, evaluators will be advised to disregard any information outside the limit.

Proposals should be emailed to Cathleen Taylor, c.taylor@stem.org.uk


  • Computing tender queries: Dave Gibbs, Senior Computing Subject Specialist, d.gibbs@stem.org.uk
  • Chemistry or physics tender queries: Karen Hornby, science subject specialist, k.hornby@stem.org.uk

Download the invitations to tender