NCCE and education recovery
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Education recovery is prominent in the minds of everyone involved in education, whether as policymakers, school leaders, teachers, parents or pupils. As we all redouble our efforts to reduce the attainment gap, it is important that we continue to focus on children's progress, achievement, and attainment.
Great teaching was, is and will be the number one priority, and we know that teacher participation in high-quality, evidence-informed CPD - such as that from Teach Computing - is the key to improvement. Our evaluation work consistently demonstrates that our CPD makes a positive difference for teachers and with pupils.
The challenge is to preserve the breadth of the curriculum while protecting its core, so young people get a rich experience which will help them develop their own identity and grow into informed, active citizens.
We are committed to playing our full part in this work and to support teachers and school leaders. On this page, we signpost materials which we believe will inspire your teaching approach, improve your knowledge and confidence, inform your assessment of young people and save you time along the way.
Save time with our high-quality curriculum resources (key stage 1 to key stage 4)
Our Teach Computing Curriculum contains everything you need to teach computing at key stages (KS) 1 to 4, including lesson plans, slides, worksheets, homework and assessment. It is completely free to access and has been created by subject experts, based on the latest pedagogical research and teacher feedback. It also provides an innovative progression framework where computing content (concepts, knowledge, skills, and objectives) has been organised into interconnected networks that we call learning graphs.
We have identified focused Teach Computing Curriculum resources for education recovery, which support learning of:
• digital literacy, skills and competencies
• topics to equip young people with computing subject knowledge
• topics to equip young people with skills in programming
Find inspiration for your teaching approach (key stage 1 to key stage 4)
For primary and secondary teachers of computing, our high-quality CPD offer can offer inspiration, save valuable time and aid effective education recovery. We offer financial support to state-funded schools and colleges across England, including bursaries.
Available now at local Computing Hubs and also live remote and online, our CPD can be accessed flexibly to fit around existing commitments. Adapted to meet current priorities, it includes evidence-based approaches to planning and implementing a recovery curriculum; boosting teacher subject knowledge, including for those new to computing; and using diagnostic assessment and targeted interventions to close computing knowledge gaps for pupils, including those at most risk of falling behind.
We help subject leaders get the most from our range of support, and work on the ground with schools to identify and tackle their key priorities.
Explore our curated 'education recovery' courses selection, subdivided into recommendations for primary and secondary phases.
NEW! We would also like to draw your attention to our brand new, year-round, residential CPD programme, which offers teachers high-impact, intensive training over two or three days, with accommodation and meals included. A perfect opportunity for teachers to gain new perspectives from other teachers and discover some approaches which are proven to work and based on the latest evidence.
Inform your assessment of young people (key stage 3 to key stage 4)
The NCCE diagnostic assessments are provided free of charge to support teachers of GCSE computer science and KS3 computing. They comprise a suite of multiple choice subject-knowledge quizzes, quality assured by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The full breadth of KS3 National Curriculum computing is covered, as are the GCSE computer science learning outcomes.
Twin versions of each quiz are provided, supporting multiple assessment points, and the quizzes can be customised to match the school curriculum. Detailed assessment data is produced, helping teachers to identify knowledge gaps and target support as appropriate.
The full assessment suite is available now, to support teacher assessed grading and to aid students’ transition from KS3 to GCSE. Registration is quick and straightforward.
Find support for teachers and students at key stage 5
Isaac Computer Science is a free platform for students and teachers of A level Computer Science, containing full curriculum coverage for the AQA and OCR examination boards. Topics are also included to support transition to A level, consolidating materials covered at GCSE. No login is required, but creating a free account will allow you to select your examination board.
The topics cover concepts such as data structures; searching, sorting and pathfinding; networking; number bases and complexity. All are supported with embedded reflective questions and end-of-topic quizzes. The quizzes are formative and self-marked with supportive hints and help for common wrong answers.
Teachers can use the platform to set work for A level students, explain examples in class or over the summer and group questions into sets to direct students’ self-assessment. They can also use it to support their new A level cohort through directing them to cover the transition topics.
Take a look at our set of curated resources from Isaac Computer Science to help students transitioning to A level study and those about to enter their second year.
Get local support from our Hubs and experts
Our network of 34 Computing Hubs around England brings local, schools-led expertise in computing education to you. Naturally, they host courses and networking opportunities, but there's so much more.
Get in touch with your local Computing Hub team to request a free, expert-led needs analysis support session. This could lead to a more in-depth action plan, with our local subject matter experts looking at bespoke support, courses and resources. This can also support you with your education recovery priorities.
NEW! Computing Hubs can also loan you the kit you need to teach the physical computing units from our Teach Computing Curriculum. You can choose from Crumble, Micro:Bit, Raspberry Pi Pico and Raspberry Pi 3B+ class trays. Read our physical computing kits teacher guide to find out what's included and how to get started.
Bring computing to life with enrichment
We have an exciting set of contributing partner programmes offering a range of complementary services which enrich and enhance the curriculum, bringing computing and computer science to life. Here are some highlights...
Barefoot is a free UK-wide computing programme for primary school teachers, including resources, activities and lesson plans, helping to inspire pupils to think, learn and thrive in a digital world.
Code Club is an extracurricular club for young people aged 9 to 13. Clubs are organised by teachers and volunteers, and supported by free projects and resources from Code Club.
Computing at School is a grass-roots community of computing educators, offering free, informal sessions where teachers can share practice and ideas, supporting each other.
STEM Ambassadors are relatable professionals who support learning, raise aspiration and illuminate careers - including those in computing and the digital sector - face to face or virtually, free of charge.
The UK Bebras Challenge begins again on 08 November. This exciting initiative offers a series of fun and fiendish challenges that introduce students aged 6 to 18 to computational thinking. The questions start (relatively) easy and get progressively more difficult. Students enter the solutions through the Bebras online platform, and then get a detailed breakdown of results. There are different levels of the challenge available for different school phases, and no previous programme knowledge is required. You can run the challenge across a whole year group or even your whole school! Teachers can sign up for an admin account here.