Support for ITE providers
We offer a programme of expertise to help you provide your trainees with everything they need to deliver excellent teaching of computing.
The impactful and high-quality support we offer will both enhance and complement your own programme, giving your trainees the confidence, skills and knowledge for the classroom, aligned to the ITE Core Framework.
Trainees can then continue to benefit from our support, providing them with meaningful development and progression in their NQT and RQT years and throughout their teaching career.
The Computer Science Accelerator provides high impact, subject-specific training which is suitable for computer science trainees, and trainees of other subjects looking to gain a second specialism.
A range of learning pathways are available for trainees:
We can work with you to identify the courses or pathways that will complement or replace your subject knowledge based provision. Courses can be hosted by one of our delivery partners, or by your own accredited facilitator and run via live remote or face-to-face delivery.
Computing as a second subject
Trainees from other subjects can up-skill and gain an additional specialism, enhancing their employability and career opportunities. They can follow the second subject specialism pathway either at their own pace or through intensive week-long courses delivered by our network partners.
If you are a non-computing tutor or trainee and you would like to get involved with the Computer Science Accelerator programme then you can register your interest.
Courses are free to attend for trainee teachers, with bursaries available once they gain qualified teacher status, paid to the school or college in which they gain employment. Further bursaries are available for trainees, or teachers who start Computer Science Accelerator as an NQT or RQT. Find out more.
Communities of Practice
Communities of Practice - run by Computing at School (CAS) - are local networks of computing teachers that share expertise, resources and best practice to encourage strong and effective teaching.
The community aims to support trainees in their computing journey through a series of virtual meetings throughout the year. They will be able to find out about the aims of CAS and information about useful resources and organisations to support teaching and embedding computing concepts in the classroom.
If you would like to learn more about communities of practice, Computing at School are running a series of free 'ITE Introduction to CAS' webinars. The next is on Tuesday 25 May 2021.
Computer Science Champions
Teacher trainees can access bespoke support and mentoring from our team of Computer Science Champions, who can also facilitate collaboration between trainees. Your trainees can email [email protected] describing the support required.
We offer training and resources to help trainees to enrich their understanding of what outstanding teaching of computing looks like. Our introduction to primary computing course is a great option for trainees to take during their training. They can also enrol on our primary computing certificate and start their journey towards gaining our nationally recognised qualification in their NQT and RQT years.
Communities of Practice
Computing at School has a dedicated Community of Practice for primary trainee teachers which can be found here.
The community aims to support trainees in their primary computing journey through a series of virtual meetings throughout the year. They will be able to find out about the aims of CAS and information about useful resources and organisations to support teaching and embedding computing concepts in the classroom.
If you would like to learn more about communities of practice, Computing at School are running a series of free 'ITE Introduction to CAS' webinars. The next are on Tuesday 9 February 2021 and Tuesday 25 May 2021.
Bespoke support for your trainees and graduates
We offer a network of tailored support for trainees that has been designed to help them both during training and throughout their career as a teacher.
This includes everything from meeting the teachers' standards and Computing at School (CAS) communities of practice to closing subject knowledge gaps and support with lesson plans and other resources.
If you are interested in finding out more, or if you have any questions, please email [email protected] to discuss your specific requirements.