Issue 26.3 | EDUCATION BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Written by Victoria Temple, community engagement officer at the National Centre for Computing Education
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IT & Computing
What does it mean to be a Computing Hub school?
September 2021. We are also delighted to see more girls taking the subject with a third of the cohort being female.” They’ve also seen a broadening in the appeal of computing in teachers too, with the NCCE’s training courses offered via the Computing Hub attracting staff from a range of backgrounds from Cardinal Hume, other schools across the region and school-centred Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers. “Seven non-specialist teachers have completed the Computer Science Accelerator programme at Cardinal Hume and more are keen to take part next year, both in Cardinal Hume and among our Trust,” said James. Computing Hubs, led by schools and colleges with top computing “The Computing Hub has helped build expertise, are a key part of the National Centre for Computing capacity in the department. This in turn has supported me as Computing Hub lead. Education’s programme to deliver a world-class computing I’ve reduced my teaching commitments so education in all schools in England. So what does it mean to be a that I can focus more on leading the Hub, Computing Hub school and what impact do they have? knowing that pupils are in good hands.” One of those non-specialists is Claire Reed, a trainee business studies teacher who came to Cardinal Hume in September It’s two years since Cardinal Hume Growing the department 2020. Claire completed the NCCE’s Computer Catholic School in Gateshead became a Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Gateshead Science Accelerator programme and went Computing Hub School – a role which is the NCCE’s Hub for Gateshead, Newcastle, on to achieve the BCS certificate in GCSE has led to a doubling of the numbers of Durham and Cumbria. It’s a role which Subject Knowledge. She’s now applying to A level computing students, a vibrant has brought opportunities for both the be a Business and Computing teacher. network of educators, and opportunities school’s staff and students, and across “Being given a teaching placement for primary and secondary teachers from the areas they support, says James who at a Computing Hub has been across the region, says teacher James is also Secondary Lead for the Hub. fantastic,” said Claire. Dixon, head of computing at the school. “Prior to being awarded Computing Hub “It gave me opportunities far greater The network of Computing Hubs, led by status my department was made up of than I could have imagined as a nongreat schools and colleges with computing three teachers. Since becoming a Hub the specialist. I had little prior expertise, is a key part of the National department has grown. We now knowledge but felt really Centre for Computing Education’s (NCCE) have six teachers who deliver supported by the facilitator programme to deliver a world-class our computing curriculum Cardina and the Hub and realised computing education in all schools in and uptake from our Hume f l o I had a real passion England. The 34 Hubs provide primary and pupils is growing fast. u n d that the for the subject.” secondary schools and colleges in their “Our A level cohort t r a ining courses She’s not alone in area with high-quality CPD supported by doubled in size this adding computing to generous bursaries; teaching and learning year and looks set via the offered Compu their specialisms. E resources; and school-to-school support. to double again for H
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