We have a vast range of training and CPD opportunities to support schools with computing.
Computing in Schools
In 2013 the Department for Education published the National Curriculum in England: Computing Programmes of Study. The programme of study specifically includes computer programming for all pupils from Key Stage One to Four and aims to “ensure that all pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science”.
The computing curriculum involves understanding concepts and terminology such as abstraction and algorithms that may be unfamiliar and challenging to teachers. It also promotes computational thinking – solving problems, designing, improving, collaborating. These are important cross-curricular skills.
It can be difficult to know how best to implement this into your school.
The computing curriculum involves:
- understanding how computer systems work, are designed and programmed
- understanding what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- creating and debugging programs
- using logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
All children from five upwards have to start learning how to write computer programs program and “code”.
Your school has a statutory duty to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares pupils to ‘use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world’.
We can help
Children love computing and so do we! We have a number of ways in which we can support computing in your school.
Staff training and professional development
We will work with your head of computing/ department to plan an exciting and meaningful computing curriculum that ensures progression and can be delivered at minimal cost. Find out more
Scheme of Work
We can help you deliver a tailored computing curriculum from scratch or using the Primary Computing Framework.
Hands on Training
Computing for staff can be delivered in a full day, a half day or twilight session. The computing curriculum is explained and there are lots of fun, hands on activities using free software (Scratch, J2Code, ScratchJnr, 2Code). It can be delivered using hardware (laptops, desktops and tablets) and devices (Beebots, BBC Micro:bit) meeting the needs of your school. Find out more
BBC Micro:bit training – Don’t let your free BBC Micro:bits end up in dusty cupboards! Our fun, hands on training for staff and/or pupils will show you how to write programs and ensure that you are familiar with the hardware. Find out more
Hardware and Robotics – We’ve worked with electronic engineers Handy Little Modules to develop a low cost accessory and robot training kit that is based around the BBC Micro:bit. Each kit costs just £20. Find out more about the Physical Computing Kit or the Robot Kit.
Training for Pupils
A day of computing gives every pupil in school a hands on experience of programming and leaves teachers confident about how to embed computing into the curriculum. Find out more
Digital Leader training – Full, technical, hands on training for a group of pupils. The training promotes the computing curriculum by developing technical skills amongst students. Find out more
Our BBC Micro:bit training is great for pupils Find out more
Computer programming for busy teachers
- Are you giving your pupils the opportunity to develop their programming skills?
- The Scratch Pack is completely free and contains everything you need to cover the programming element of the national curriculum for computing.