Computing Hub

Serving schools & teachers in Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Corby, E. Northants, Kettering, Peterborough, South Holland and Wellingborough.

Primary CPD and events

Breaking News: Primary teachers now welcome to undertake free subject knowledge certificate (CSA programme) courses and gain the BCS accredited certificate - bursaries are available to cover supply up to £880 (one teacher attending 4 F2f or remote courses) per school. See our upcoming CSA hub courses under Secondary.

Teaching Key Stage 1 Computing Module 1 & 2
face to face at Kingsfield Primary

Topics:
  • What is computing?
  • programming & algorithms
  • Understanding data
  • Digital literacy
  • Presenting information
  • Creative computing

Date: 13th & 20th May

Time: 10am-4pm

Fee: £130

Bursary: attendance bursary available

PRIMARY CORE

Online safety through primary computing

Topics:

Helping schools to ensure they keep children safe whilst teaching computing and using technology.

Date: 10th May

Time: 3.30pm 90 mins

Fee: free

Bursary: n/a

PRIMARY CORE

Getting started in year 4

Topics:

  • The Internet
  • Audio editing
  • Programming: repetition in shapes
  • Data logging
  • Photo editing
  • Programming in scratch: repetition in games

Date: 23rd June

Time: 3.30pm 90 mins

Fee: free

Bursary: n/a

PRIMARY CORE

* bursary for one primary maintained sector school  per year, resets September.
More primary courses from your hub now booking for the summer term, see TeachComputing.org

Secondary CPD and events

Breaking News:

Arm and the NCCE/STEM Computing Curriculum Hub for Cambs & E.Northants would like to invite you to book a spot for your school’s team on Arm/NCCE Innovation Day to be held on July 8th 2022.

The innovation day is a whole day STEM project where learners are presented with challenges based on the Global Goals that they will build and program a solution for using micro:bits. The innovation day is competitive with prizes for the best projects and where learners demonstrate 21st century skills.

You will find out all about the competition, the supporting resources and the objectives for your students in Year 8. On July 8th four competitors from your school will be invited to a secret cybersecurity data centre just outside Cambridge to engage in a day of extraordinary cyber adventures.

The only criteria is that the Year 8 groups are formed with two girls and two boys, from a maintained school in one of the local area districts supported by the hub and that they can be accompanied by a teacher on the day.

We look forward to sharing more about this with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact  if you would like any further information.

Computer Science Accelerator Programme

* CSA programme is free for state maintained sector in England. Secondary core courses are free for CSA graduates.

** Detailed bursary information and criteria can be found here

More secondary courses from your hub now booking for the summer term, see TeachComputing.org

Python programming: analysis, design and evaluation

Topics:

  • Analysis of programming project
  • Decomposition 
  • Designing a solution
  • Algorithms
  • Evaluating a solution

 

Date: 17th May /19th May

Time: 2-5pm / 3.30-4.30pm

Fee: free

Bursary: attendance bursary and CSA bursary available

CSA Programme

An Introduction to algorithms, programming and data in GCSE computer science

Topics:

  • Introduction to algorithms
  • Creating algorithms
  • Essentials of computer programming
  • Creating Programs
  • What is data?
  • Using data.

Date: 27th June

Time: 9.30am-3.30pm

Fee: free

Bursary: attendance bursary and CSA bursary available

CSA Programme

Introduction to algorithms, programming and data for D&T teachers

Topics:

  • Programming using VEX/Crumble/Microbit
  • Creating solutions using physical computing
  • Going further with physical computing
  • Introduction to algorithms
  • Creating algorithms
  • Essentials of computer programming
  • Creating Programs
  • What is data?
  • Using data.

Date: 28th June / 5th July

Time: 9am-3.15 both days

Fee: free

Bursary: attendance bursaries and CSA bursary available

CSA Programme

CSA Revision sessions

Simon Howe, the CS Champion working closely with our hub, is running monthly CSA revision sessions to support your efforts in gaining this terrific professional subject knowledge certification accredited by BCS.  Sign up here.

portraitSimon Howe is Head of Computing at Ashton on Mersey school, where he leads and delivers the Computer science curriculum form Key Stage 3 to Key stage 5. In addition, Simon is a Google Qualified trainer, Raspberry Pi Educator, CAS Master Teacher and SLE, who prides himself on developed innovating ways to deliver the Computers Science curriculum across all key stages. Simon firmly believes the best way to educate pupils and build resilience is through real world experiences and physical computing to motivate and engage pupils in both the classroom and at home.

Core programmes are free if you have passed your subject knowledge certificate (CSA):

KS3 computing (module 3): Creative curriculum enrichment and inclusion

Topics:
  • Computational thinking 
  • Helping young people to become scholars of computing
  • Inclusive curriculum
  • Supporting other teachers of KS3 computing 
 

Date: 3rd May / 10th May

Time: 3.30pm- 6pm

Fee: free* or £65

Bursary: n/a

Secondary core

Physical Computing kits and courses

Ensure confidence using these kits in the classroom by attending one of our short face to face sessions,
held every holiday at
The Museum for Computing History and at other locations during term time.

  • Understand the impact physical computing has on engaging students in computing
  • Create simple programs to control the kit and their additional components
  • Teach effectively using free, high-quality physical computing activities 
Logo for centre for computing history

Crumble
(KS2)

Free – 90 minute session

CORE PROGRAMME

Micro:Bit
KS3 (& KS2)

Free – 90 minute session

CORE PROGRAMME

Raspberry Pi Pico (KS4)

Free – 90 minute session

CORE PROGRAMME

This guide to physical computing is available from teachComputing.org.

phys computing session in progress

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