Upskill to teach Computer Science at KS3/4

Fully Funded for all Essex based Supply Teachers regardless of specialismRegister your interest today to attend a webinar on 19 February at 12 noon!

The government has recognised a digital skills shortage in the UK and is working with The National Centre for Computing Education investing in improving the provision of computing education.

Funded by the Department for Education through a consortium model, delivered by STEM Learning, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and BCS. There is now a Free CPD programme, the Computer Science Accelerator, which is designed to upskill teachers across all subjects to be able deliver GSCE Computer Science.

This programme is aimed to ensure teachers and schools provide outstanding Computer Science at every stage, with the hope that more pupils will take GCSE in Computer Science, more study Computer Science at A level, and so on.

The programme is free for:

  • 4myschools active and inactive supply teachers of all subjects (including instructors)
  • Trainee teachers of all subjects
  • Instructors
  • Returning teachers

The Computer Science Accelerator programme is: 

  • Suitable for current or aspiring teachers of GCSE computer science, and offers support to teachers from all subject backgrounds including Supply Teachers
  • A flexible professional development programme designed to give teachers the subject knowledge and confidence to teach GCSE computer science 
  • Appropriate for KS3 computing teachers
  • offers a blended learning model of online and face-to-face/remote courses
  • DfE funded

Benefits to Supply Teachers

  • Teachers of computing can enhance subject knowledge and gain a nationally recognised certificate in only 10 hours 
  • Teachers of ICT can develop their knowledge of computer science
  • The certificate can count towards chartered status
  • Teachers from a non-computing background can add a second specialism in a shortage subject
  • Supply teachers looking for permanent positions may stand out from the competition by offering a shortage subject

How long will the programme take to complete?

  • Following an online computer science competency audit, you will be given a learning pathway that will help you identify the most appropriate route through the programme
  • Teachers with computer science subject knowledge may be able to go through in only 10 hours
  • The average time taken is approximately 35 hours
  • You will be supported through the programme by a Computer Science Champion
  • This programme runs until at least July 2022

You will be supported through the programme by a Computer Science Champion who will

  • Support and mentor teachers throughout their engagement with the programme to successfully reach the certified standard for teaching GCSE computer science
  • Promote links to Hubs and other forms of support (such as online CPD, CAS communities of practice, resources and other provision from the NCCE and partners.)
  • Run bespoke sessions for a group of supply teachers from an agency 

Next Steps:

Register your interest:

If you are interested in taking up this valuable CPD offer you should CLICK HERE to register your interest.

Attend the ‘Computer Science Champion Support Group for Supply Teachers Webinar’ being held on Friday 19 February at 12-noon CLICK HERE to book a place on this session led by Joe Arday, a CS Champion, who will provide you with all the information you need to start this programme.

For more information, get in touch.