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The National Centre for Computing Education has announced a further four schools/colleges that have been successful in their application to become Computing Hubs. This takes the total number of Computing Hubs to 34 and widens the geographical reach of the programme across England.

The Computing Hubs provide high-quality support and training to primary, secondary and post 16 computing teachers in their areas.

The new lead schools and colleges are:

· Bohunt School, Hampshire

· Woking High School, Surrey

· Tameside College, Greater Manchester

· The Priory Academy LSST, Lincolnshire

Each institution went through a rigorous selection process, successfully demonstrating a high degree of expertise and commitment to computing education. As the focal point for local computing CPD, the Hubs will offer training within a reasonable day’s travel, covering the practical and theoretical aspects of computing. They will also facilitate strong links with industry and engage with university expertise.

Background

The National Centre for Computing Education is led by a consortium of STEM Learning, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, delivering support through a network of Computing Hubs. The driving ambition of the centre is to ensure every child has access to a world-leading computing education, increasing the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE and A level, particularly girls and disadvantaged groups, to ensure there is a strong pipeline of digital skills in England.

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) was established in November 2018 with up to £84 million of Government funding and is supported by a further £1.5 million from industry to develop and support access to CPD for teachers.

The full list of Computing Hubs is:

· All Saints RC School, North Yorkshire

· Beauchamp College, Leicestershire

· Bingley Grammar School, West Yorkshire

· Bishop Challoner Catholic College, West Midlands

· Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy, Lancashire

· Bohunt School, Hampshire

· Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Tyne and Wear

· Carmel College, County Durham

· Chesterton Community College, Cambridgeshire

· City of Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College, Staffordshire

· Dartford Grammar School, Kent

· Denbigh School, Buckinghamshire

· Dereham Neatherd High School, Norfolk

· Exeter Mathematics School, Devon

· Harrogate Grammar School, North Yorkshire

· Kings Priory School, Tyne and Wear

· Langley Grammar School, Berkshire

· Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, Kent

· Newstead Wood School, Kent

· Park House School, Berkshire

· Pate's Grammar School, Gloucestershire

· Priestley College, Cheshire

· Saffron Walden County High School, Essex

· Sandringham School, Hertfordshire

· St Clements Danes School, Hertfordshire

· Tameside College, Greater Manchester

· The Castle School, Somerset

· The Chase, Worcestershire

· The Fallibroome Academy, Cheshire

· The Priory Academy LSST, Lincolnshire

· Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall

· West Suffolk College, Suffolk

· Westcliff High School for Girls, Essex

· Woking High School, Surrey

The consortium members involved in the NCCE:

STEM Learning is the UK’s largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It has a mission to improve lives through world-leading STEM education. For more information, visit www.stem.org.uk.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation creates world class educational resources for computing and computer science used by millions of people each year and has developed online courses that have supported tens of thousands of computing educators. For more information, visit www.raspberrypi.org.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is the professional body for computing and, as part of its Royal Charter, sets and maintains academic and professional standards in computing. It also supports the peer-to-peer network of computing teachers, Computing at School. For more information, visit www.bcs.org.

Plus the industry funders of the NCCE are:

· Google

· Microsoft

· BT

· Arm

· Nationwide

· Rolls-Royce