Computing in schools

Computing in schools

by Academy Admin

The Academy mission is to advance the creation, study and application of knowledge in computing for the benefit of society. To achieve this mission we must consider all levels of the education spectrum.

We have collaborated with a wide range of partners to emphasise the value of computing as part of a rounded school curriculum and to highlight it's importance in the development of the future workforce. This work has included playing a key role in advising key stakeholders on policy issues, providing strategic guidance to schools, proposing curriculum content and capacity building among teachers.

Supporting teachers

  • With funding from the Dept for Education our Network of Excellence is providing CPD opportunities for computing teachers
  • Funded by the Dept for Education and BT our Barefoot Computing project is supporting primary school teachers to deliver the computing curriculum
  • Our PLAN C project is providing CPD opportunities for teachers in Scotland and is funded by the Scottish Government
  • Funded by Microsoft and the Dept for Education QuickStart Computing resources are supporting teachers to plan, deliver and assess the computing curriculum
  • In partnership with the Dept for Education our scholarship scheme is designed to attract the very best people to train to become computing teachers

Our impact

  • We have helped to change the statutory curriculum including changing the name from ICT to Computing. Read more.
  • We have a Department for Education (DfE) grant to create a national computing CPD infrastructure for teachers. Read more.
  • Computer Science is now included in the EBacc school performance measure as the 4th science. Read more.
  • In collaboration with the DfE we are running a scholarship scheme to support a new generation of trainee Computer Science teachers. Read more.

Download our computational thinking framework.

Computing at School working group

A key partner for the Academy is the Computing at School (CAS) working group. CAS is a grassroots organisation with a membership of over 17,000 teachers, university academics, examiners, and representatives of industry and professional societies. Membership of CAS is free and is open to anyone with an interest in computing education.  CAS' main activities include:

  • supporting computing teachers with teaching materials, training, local hubs, newsletters and networking opportunities
  • acting as a subject association for computing teachers
  • working with institutions on the design of computing curricula and qualifications
  • advocacy at national policy level regarding computing education

More information can be found on the CAS website.