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September 2012 saw the launch of the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. Its aim is to co-ordinate and provide training opportunities for both existing teachers and those training for the profession. This initiative is supported by The Department For Education, CPHC, Microsoft and Google.  As the government and other industry leaders and educators call for more Computer Science in the school curriculum there is a need to raise the confidence level of existing ICT/Computing teachers to embrace Computer Science, if they are not already doing so. The Network includes master teachers, lead schools and university partners.

The heart of the programme is to build a high-quality, sustainable CPD infrastructure at low cost. This will be achieved by nurturing long-term, bottom-up collaboration between teachers, schools, universities and employers.   We are proud to have been awarded the status of Lead School in the Network of Excellence in the Teaching of Computer Science. As a Lead School in Gloucestershire we take a lead for computing and computer science education in the area.  We run courses for teachers to enable to them to deliver aspects of the computer curriculum confidently and effectively.    

The Course Leader:

Sarah Taylor is a Gloucestershire based Primary School Teacher, Independent Primary Computing Consultant and Computing at School Master Teacher with over 20 years of experience in the education sector. For six years, until September 2010, she worked for the Local Authority as a Primary ICT Consultant, supporting a number of schools with curriculum developments, delivering a wide range of courses and generating resources for use by teachers. Her particular passion is for working with teaching colleagues to identify creative and innovative ways of using technology to support learning which are both practical and straightforward to implement in the classroom.

Computing Courses in 2017

The following courses are currently scheduled for 2017.  All courses are held at Winchcombe Abbey Primary School from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm. The cost per delegate is £50.00.

If you would like further information or to book a place please contact Sarah Taylor direct: She will be happy to answer any queries you may have.

Tuesday 14th March

Computing in KS1


For KS1 teachers/Computing Subject Leaders 


Understand statutory requirements for teaching computing at KS1.

Explore a variety of activities and ideas for teaching the subject at KS1.

Discover free resources available to support you with covering the computing curriculum.

Take back lessons ready to use with your class and in your school. 

Tuesday 16th May

Using ICT across the Curriculum


For KS1/KS2 teachers


The course will enable attendees to explore a variety of activities and ideas for using freely available resources such as:

  • Animation software;
  • Padlet;
  • Google Art Project;
  • QR Codes.

Tuesday 20th June

Animation in KS2


For KS2 teachers/Computing Subject Leaders


Understand the statutory requirements of the computing curriculum.

Explore a range of different, freely available, animation tools.

Learn about different tips and tricks for completing animation projects in the classroom.

Discover how to use animation to support other areas of the curriculum.

Take back lessons which are ready to use in your class and in your school.  

Tuesday 11th July

An Introduction to Computational Thinking


For KS2 teachers/Computing Subject Leaders


Understand what computational thinking is and what it might look like in the real world and the classroom.

Explore a variety of activities which will enable you to develop this important aspect of the computing curriculum back in your school.

Take back ideas and lessons ready to use with your class and in your school.