Computing At School: CAS South West Newsletter March 2018

CAS South West Newsletter - March 2018
CAS South West Newsletter    March 2018
Dear CAS member,


Dear CAS South West members, Happy Easter - we hope the past term has been a productive and enjoyable one. Please read on for the latest news in our region.


Meet The Team

Sophie has now left the CAS regional centre for pastures new.  We wish her the best for the future.  Please direct all future queries to: CAS South West in now on Twitter
We now have a regional twitter account.  Please follow us @crcSouthWest 

Regional Roundup

Good News Stories
This section is a standing item in our newsletter, where we celebrate success in our region.  Featured in this issue is the South West Cyber Security Roadshow (pilot)

Across February and March, CAS South West teamed up with the South West Police Cyber Crime Unit, Cyber Security Challenge UK and lots of local STEM partners to deliver workshops to pupils and CPD to teachers.  Venues visited were - UTC - Gloucestershire, Alderman Knight School - Gloucestershire, Beechen Cliff - Bath, Cirencester Deer Park School - Cirencester and Rendcomb College - Gloucestershire.  Unfortunately, snow prevented two other venues in Devon from being reached.

Some of the activities that the pupils took part in were:
  • South West Police Cyber Crime Unit (SWPCCU)– pupils participated in interactive group sessions on morals and ethics and were briefed on the Computer Misuse Act
  • Open Source intelligence -  looking for someone on the internet/online with limited information and then building up a profile of that person.  Pupils had a name and a company and then used social media and any other info they could find online to find out as much about the person that they could.  This showed pupils the importance of being safe online and protecting their data
  • Packet Tracer Workshop – the importance of networks was highlighted along with our reliance on networks.  This was a practical session on using packet tracer so that pupils could appreciate the links/routes they are using to access information/data.  Pupils were able to do a “simulation of everything on the internet”, understanding of the network, ISP, ethernet cables, mail servers, local DNS servers, DHCP servers, sniffer, cell-towers etc
  • Talks on roles in Cyber - such as Security Analyst, Penetration Tester, Information Security Officer and Chief Information Security Officer
  • Binary Boxes Workshop – pupils learn about encrypting information. Pupils made links with Morse code and ASCII.  They learnt to send code to each other. There was discussion around number systems, denary and binary. Also about Code breaking and ciphers such as substitution ciphers, caesar shift and scytale ciphers. Pupils also learnt about frequency analysis and how this could be applied to cracking codes.  In addition they gained knowledge on "man in the middle attacks" and the links to keeping passwords strong and changing your passwords.

Across the venues some of our visiting guests were:
Cyber Security Association, Birmingham City University, E2E, NCSC, GCHQ, Generation Hex, Northrop Grumman, Royal Airforce, Computer Defence Network, NCC Group, Cyber-security university students and many others!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  Check out the #CyberRoadShowSW to catch-up on all the details of this roadshow. 

If you would like the South West Police Cyber Crime unit to attend your venue and run one of their fab sessions during a Cyber themed day or activity in which there are multiple schools attending, please email -

The police Cyber-security crime unit are also looking for any pupils who teachers believe are on the periphery of committing Cyber-security crimes such as hacking, intruding onto the schools network etc and will offer support for teacher, parents and children and aim to get them on the right track and provide positive pathways to enable them to have bright Cyber security futures.

Increase your knowledge

Interested in the Iron Man Project - a cross curricular project for primary teachers based upon the BBC Microbit?  Then please join the Facebook group Iron Man Plymouth to exchange ideas with other South West teachers regarding project implementation or use the following thread on the CAS website


The latest edition of Hello World magazine is out and features one of our South West teachers - Charlotte Rubringer, Well done Charlotte!  Hello World is a magazine about Computing and Digital Making that is written by educators for educators.  It consists of 100 pages of news, features, teaching resources, reviews, research and much more.  The magazine is a collaboration between the Raspberry Pi foundation and Computing At School (CAS), with generous sponsorship from BT.  These partnerships allow Hello World to offer both the hardcopy and digital subscriptions of Hello World for FREE.  To subscribe to Hello World, click here.

Artificial Intelligence
Interested in teaching about Artificial Intelligence at key-stage 3?  CAS Master Teacher Beverly Clarke has partnered with NVIDIA and Amazon Web Services to produce a six week scheme of work.  To receive the resources free of charge - email - 

Network of Excellence

The Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science (NoE) is both a network of professionals working together and a wide-reaching programme of professional development, including many more aspects than simple provision of training courses. The NoE is based on striving for quality in teaching through a community of practice that involves local, face-to-face, peer-to-peer delivery.

Welcome and thank you to new CAS Master Teachers 
  • Georgia Mercer - Cirencester
  • Gilford Sweetenham - Sturminster Newton
  • Alastair Barker - Salisbury
  • Jon Williams - Barnstaple
  • Andy Gray - Camborn
  • Elizabeth Jacobs - Plymouth

Want to know more about life as a CAS Master teacher?  Below is a biography from recently appointed MT Gilford Sweetenham.

"I teach Computer Science at secondary level in Dorset. I qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Business Communication systems, with a background in network engineering and management, I recently retrained via the SCITT route to teach Computer Science. I now deliver Computer Science, CiDA and a Cyber EPQ whilst offering students STEM based clubs, competitions and talks. Being relatively new to the teaching profession I am keen to have an impact and want to ensure students leave school with a foundation of Computing skills that can be applied in industry.".

CAS Hubs
Welcome to the following new CAS Hubs and thank you to the hub leaders for volunteering to run them.
  • CAS Newent hub - run by Sanjeeva Karunaratne
  • Bridgewater Primary hub - run by Chris Chaffey
  • Bude hub - run by Holly Hutchins
** The hub leader for the CAS Exeter hub group has now changed.  Thank you Laura Burt for leading CAS Exeter and welcome to Alice Pinches who now takes over.


Looking for enrichment activity for next academic year? How about the Tomorrow's Engineer Robotics Challenge aimed at secondary pupils?  More details are available here

Code Club (primary pupils)
Click here to visit the Code Club website.


Forthcoming Events 

A flavour of upcoming events in the region.  
  • CAS Exeter Hub meeting - 17th May
  • CAS Cheltenham Primary Hub Meeting - 24th May
  • Creatively Connected Conference (Somerset) - 12th June
For these and other events in our region please go to the CAS website -

  The regional conference will be back this year - Friday 2nd November 2018, All Day, Plymouth University.  FREE.  Lunch Provided.  For Early Years, Primary and Secondary practitioners.

Our mailing address is:
CAS South West, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA. Telephone: 01752 586209

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