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The Computing Quality Framework: We're celebrating 1,000 schools now registered

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It has been a milestone month for the Computing Quality Framework. Firstly, we’re thrilled that 1,000 schools in England have now registered to use the CQF platform, to track progress and deliver high standards in computing education.

The 1,000th school in England - Our Lady and St Patrick’s Primary School in Maryport, Cumbria, registered on March 17, one of hundreds of primary schools now using the CQF.

We’re also celebrating the 25th school to receive the Computing Quality Mark, recognising their success and completion of all seven aspect of the CQF.

“Congratulations to our first ‘Computing Quality Mark’ schools,” Claire Garside, senior lead facilitator at the NCCE.

“They’ve led the way to deliver higher standards in computing education and demonstrate the quality of their provision. We know many more schools have brilliant computing education and NCCE teams are working closely with primary and secondary schools across England to support them to also achieve the Computing Quality Mark.

“The CQF gives schools the strategic oversight to ensure all their students receive the computing skills and knowledge they will need for their future, and which are increasingly in demand from employers.”

The CQF team was also at BETT UK in London in March, with a presentation to a packed audience resulting in schools and Multi-Academy Trusts engaging with the CQF.

We are working with MATs to assist them to easily access the programme and MATs are the latest group to gain access to the CQF from a collective assessment perspective.

“It was great to see so many teachers come to talk to us about the CQF at BETT, find out more and register.  It was a great event and the enthusiastic response, shows that schools are clearly finding the CQF an easy to use and valuable tool in developing their computing provision,” said Niel McLean, Head of Education at BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT who led the event at BETT.

Looking ahead to the summer term, we’ll be working with increasing numbers of schools and expect registrations to rise further as well as celebrate successes of the new awards of Computing Quality Mark to more schools and we are developing a new supplementary rubric for primary schools.

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) Computing Quality Framework is intended to help schools review their progress in developing the computing curriculum. The framework takes you through each aspect of computing, helping you to access the NCCE’s wide range of resources, report, and progress. The development of the framework was funded by the DfE.

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