University Partners Double Reach of CAS Network of Teaching Excellence

Posted by Bill Mitchell on 18 January 2016
by Bill Mitchell

The Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science (NoE) is a national community of professional practice. This community is a partnership between schools, universities, IT employers and professional bodies. It is run by the Computing At School group (CAS), which itself if part of BCS. Thanks to funding from the Department for Education (DfE) the NoE now has ten university partners coordinating regional activity for the NoE.

Thanks to these universities:

  • Reach: The NoE has doubled the level of activity during the 2015 autumn term compared to the same period last year (see Section 9 of the latest network progress report, note this excludes any CPD that university NoE regional centres were already providing outside of the NoE).
  • Impact:Teachers who receive CPD from the NoE report their confidence in teaching computing has increased on average by 88% (see Section 7 of the DfE report).

Since the start of the NoE in the autumn of 2012 there have been a total of 56,676 instances of CPD provided to teachers, achieved with 15,843.6 hours of contact time. These have been provided by CAS Master Teachers, CAS university partners, CAS Hubs and CAS conferences. CPD has been provided through formal training events, mentoring, coaching, peer observation of practice, and peer partnering with development of resources and assessment.

These are extremely encouraging results, but they should be taken in the context of a Network that does not have anything like the capacity to reach all schools, and the huge gap that still remains in expertise across the computing teaching workforce in general. Plus which there is a huge shortfall in the number of computing teachers, which are not being replenished at a fast enough rate.

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