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Current COVID-19 restrictions: if you've booked a face-to-face course which was scheduled to take place between now and February half-term, please see here for more information. All remote and online courses are unaffected and running as planned.

Teach remotely or learn from home with the NCCE

The new year began with the unwanted news that another round of school closures was necessary for containing the spread of COVID-19.

Our Chair, Professor Simon Peyton Jones, believes that the NCCE is in great shape to support the education community at this difficult time:

“Learning from home presents all of us, teachers, students, and parents, with new challenges.  So it helps to have some ideas, activities, and resources to approach those challenges. The National Centre for Computing Education is offering just that for computing: the Teach Computing Curriculum is a comprehensive set of teaching resources, grounded in educational research, classroom tested, mapped to the National Curriculum and GCSE syllabi, 100% free, and available in soft-copy so that you can adapt and change them.”

To support teachers, parents, and students with home learning, our subject experts have gathered together an extensive, high-quality selection of computing education materials, all of which are free to access.

Teach remotely with our classroom resources

Teach Computing Curriculum

Our curriculum contains everything you need to teach computing at Key Stages 1 to 4, including lesson plans, slides, worksheets, homework and assessment.

All of the content is free, 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 we call learning graphs. You can get an overall view of progression using our curriculum journey poster.

Oak National Academy

If you’re looking for free computing video lessons to complement your remote teaching, visit our partners Oak National Academy.

All the KS2-4 computing lessons on their site have been created by our team and are based on the units from our Teach Computing Curriculum.

KS2 (ages 7–11) | KS3 (ages 11–14) | KS4 (ages 14–16)

Isaac Computer Science

If you’re looking for A level resources, or bridging material for GCSE, check out Isaac Computer Science: our online learning platform for A level computer science teachers and students.

You can access a huge range of time-saving learning materials that covers the full A level computer science curriculum for the AQA and OCR exam boards.

Set questions for your students and our system will mark it and give you a detailed breakdown of their progress. Isaac Computer Science is great for supporting remote teaching, homework, and revision sessions, and helps you to quickly identify areas where students can improve.

Hello World Magazine

There’s a whole issue of the free computing education magazine Hello World dedicated to teaching remotely. Download the free PDF and see what practices other computing teachers recommend.

Learn about computing from home

Alongside our home teaching resources above, we have collated a variety of useful websites that can support parents and students with learning about computing from home.

Primary

  • Barefoot (KS 1 and 2)
    Downloadable activities and games for children, links to live lessons and a guide for parents - includes cross-curricular lesson plans and resources that unpack computational thinking in a range of subjects.
  • Code Club (KS 2)
    Projects and activities for home learning and a parent guide.
  • Computing at School - Home Learning  (KS 1 and 2)
    Information and links to a range of at home computing activities.
  • Raspberry Pi Foundation – Digital Making at Home (KS 2)
    Join the weekly code-along using open projects based on a weekly theme, with different levels available for all abilities, allowing you to be open-ended with opportunities for making and creativity.
  • Raspberry Pi Foundation - Projects (KS 2)
    Projects and activities for home learning. Programme computers and make things with technology and electronics.
  • STEM Learning e-Library (KS 1 and 2)
    An online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed.
  • UK Safer Internet Centre (KS 1 and 2)
    Online safety resources aimed at 3 -11 year olds.

Secondary and GCSE

  • Code Club (KS 3)
    Code Club is a global network of free coding clubs for Key Stage 3 students. Participant online with these online materials and develop programming skills in Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python.
  • Computing at School - Home Learning  (KS 3 and 4)
    Information and links to a range of home computing activities.
  • GCSE Computer Science Online Courses (KS 4)
    GCSE Computer Science online courses.
  • Raspberry Pi Foundation – Digital Making at Home (KS 3)
    Join the weekly code-along using open projects based on a weekly theme, with different levels available for all abilities, allowing you to be open-ended with opportunities for making and creativity.
  • Raspberry Pi Foundation - Online Courses (KS 3, 4 and 5)
    Over 25 fun and free computing courses are available to take on the FutureLearn MOOC platform.
  • Raspberry Pi Foundation - Projects (KS 3 and 4)
    Projects and activities for home learning. Programme computers and make things with technology and electronics.
  • STEM Ambassadors (KS 3 and 4)
    Book a STEM Ambassador to run a free virtual computing session with your class. Ambassadors deliver a range of activities such as face-to-face or online career talks, mentoring, practical workshops, and exhibitions.
  • STEM Learning e-Library (KS 3, 4 and 5)
    An online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed.
  • UK Safer Internet Centre (KS 3, 4 and 5)
    Online safety resources aimed at 11-19 year olds.