Free CPD in Primary Computing

There is a new wave of primary and secondary CPD, free for teachers in state schools in England, being released by the NCCE. For a full catalogue of courses you can book on to, please head to www.teachcomputing.org

Here are the courses that I am running, hosted by Park House Computing Hub. Click on the flyer to book on…

Primary Computing - NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course - May 2020
Primary Computing – NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course – May 2020
Primary Computing - NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course - June 2020
Primary Computing – NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course – June 2020
Primary Computing - NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course - July 2020
Primary Computing – NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course – July 2020

I’ve been delivering the Primary Programming and Algorithms course remotely since lockdown; here is some feedback from some of my delegates:

Now I feel more confident with teaching the various skills required for primary computing; I cannot wait to apply what I have learnt in the classroom! Thank you so much!

KS1 Teacher

Learned loads more about Scratch – definitely feeling a lot more confident in terms of teaching from the algorithm stage to then applying it to the coding with the selection aspects! Was also a great laugh connecting with others in these isolated times! Thanks so much – got loads of great ideas to use in the classroom!

KS2 Teacher

Feeling much more confident to teach selection and variables. I think the practical classroom activities will prove really useful to introduce algorithms and programming within my own class. As an NQT this is something that I will take forward and implement in my classroom as as soon as possible 🙂

NQT

Thank you Phil! I’ve never learnt through remote access before but have  enjoyed it so much. I now need to ‘play’ with Scratch and learn for myself. You have gone above and beyond to answer questions and provide support for us and share your valuable resources.

Deputy Head

Final call for free Primary Computing training

Dear primary colleagues, there are still spaces left on the NCCE ‘Programming and Algorithms in Primary Computing’ course that Park House Computing Hub are hosting, before the NCCE review their remote learning process in May. It is unknown what the remote learning will look like after the end of April.

I’m delivering this one day course in the second week of the Easter Holidays, and splitting it into 4 x 2 hour sessions (across Tuesday 14th and the Friday 17th, 10am -12, then 1pm – 3pm). All the other courses I’m running in April are fully booked, so please hurry!

The course is FREE for any primary school teacher, teaching in a state school in England. Simply book on using the link at the bottom of this page.

This is the same course I ran last week with 17 delegates, which was a tremendous success. Here are some testimonials:

I have thoroughly enjoyed this morning’s training. Easy to follow and great trainer. Because I haven’t used scratch before I found it hard to do the activities myself but it was useful being able to watch you do them step by step. 

Computing subject lead on Programming and Algorithms in Primary Computing course, facilitated by Phil Wickins

Thank you Phil! I’ve never learnt through remote access before but have  enjoyed it so much. I now need to ‘play’ with Scratch and learn for myself. You have gone above and beyond to answer questions and provide support for us and share your valuable resources. Keep safe and look after you and your family.

Assistant Head Teacher on Programming and Algorithms in Primary Computing course, facilitated by Phil Wickins

Feeling much more confident to teach selection and variables. I think the practical classroom activities will prove really useful to introduce algorithms and programming within my own class. As an NQT this is something that I will take forward and implement in my classroom as soon as possible 🙂

NQT on Programming and Algorithms in Primary Computing course, facilitated by Phil Wickins

Course details and booking is below. I hope to see you there on Tuesday!!

Programming and Algorithms for Primary Computing – Facilitated by Phil Wickins

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Fully Funded Computing Support for Primary Schools!

National Centre for Computing Education
“Our vision is to achieve a world-leading computing education for every child in England.”

I am the SME (Subject Matter Expert) for primary schools in the South East (Hampshire, Isle of Wight & West Sussex) and I’d like to make you aware of the latest wave of support from the NCCE.

If you are in a Category 5 or 6 primary school, then you are eligable for fully funded support; which means a bursary of £185 per day (back to your school) when you send one teacher – per academic year – on one of our fully funded (free!) training courses.

In addition to this, you are entitled to half a day of SME support; meaning I will complete an action plan with you and assist in any way that I can to improve and develop your delivery of the computing curriculum. This may take the form of curriculum overview development, help with planning, any additional training, subject lead support and so on.

A wise use of your SME time would be to team up with other schools and pool your time together. For example, if you and 3 other computing leads from 4 different schools all gathered together, I could train/ assist/ support you for 2 whole days.

If you are not in my area but still a CAT 5/6 school, then please submit a request for SME support through this request form. Otherwise, please get in touch with me directly on p.wickins@stem.org.uk.

If you are not Category 5 or 6, then there are still loads of resources and lesson plans for download, free online courses and you can of course still attend the training courses for a small fee of £35 per teacher per day. Have a look at all this on the Teach Computing website.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Teach Computing Resources

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Did you know that the National Centre for Computing Education hosts a wealth of teaching resources for KS1, KS2 and KS3?

At the moment there is a fairly limited amount, but this will increase shortly as more resources are in the pipeline and just about to be published.

Have a look on the Teach Computing website in the resources section.

Each lesson pack contains: Lesson plans, Learning graphs, Unit overviews, Activities, Assessments and Homework.

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