Computing At School: CAS North West: Lancaster Newsletter October 2016

CAS Lancaster Newsletter October 2016
CAS North West: Lancaster Newsletter October 2016

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Dear Enthusiastic Computing Teacher,


Welcome to the newsletter from your CAS Regional Centre: Lancaster University. We hope you had an eventful first half of term and are resting with your feet up and a cup of coffee!


After a last minute change of venue we had a very successful first Teacher Training day for Primary Teachers in Blackpool City Learning Centre. We had workshops on the micro:bit, raspberry pi, e-safety, codebugs and drones. We also broke out our box of toys to give teachers ideas for teaching Computing in the primary classroom. 

Master Teachers

We're delighted to welcome Mark Capaldi from Sharples school as a new Master Teacher to the North West area. 

Find out all about Master Teachers and how you can become one:

GCSE Taster Course

From Tuesday 8th November we are running a 4 week course here at the university on GCSE Computing starting at 4.15pm for 2 hours. The course will be run by a mix of local Computing teachers and Lancaster University staff. It is not an exam board course but a skills update for those relatively new to teaching Computing who want to learn more about the subject. Topics to be covered will include algorithms and programming, and computer systems and architecture. 

Places are limited. If you wish to attend please email us asap:

Bebras Competition

Registration for the 2016 Bebras competition taking place in the week of 7th -11th November is now open. The deadline for registration is Monday 31st October. 

The Bebras challenges are made of a set of short problems called Bebras tasks and are delivered online. The tasks are fun and engaging. They can be solved without prior knowledge but instead require logical thinking. It is a free and wonderful way to assess children. 

Find out more about the competition and how to register your school

Teacher Training Days

Fri 25th November
Preston Teacher Training Day
Archbishop Temple School, PR2 8RA
Wed 1st February
Bolton Teacher Training Day
Sharples School, BL1 8SN
Wed 1st March
Carlisle Teacher Training Day
Wed 21st June
Workington Teacher Training Day
Workington Academy, CA14 4EB
Wed 5th July
Lancaster Teacher Training Day
Lancaster University, LA1 4YW

Preston Teacher Training Day

Our next Teacher Training Day is on Friday 25th November at Archbishop Temple School in Preston. This day is for Secondary Computing Teachers. The workshops we have arranged so far are Cyber Security, e-Safety, Python, micro:bit, Girls in Computing and Flip Learning for GCSE Computing. 

Book your FREE ticket today
Preston Training Day poster

Hub Meetings

Hubs are fantastic places to meet other teachers teaching Computing in your local area. They are FREE events typically held after school in a nearby school by a Computing teacher. You might even find one of us CAS folk there! We try and attend as many as possible to speak to people on the ground face to face. 
Thu 3rd November
CAS Bolton Primary Hub Meeting
Tue 8th November
CAS Secondary Craven Hub Meeting
Thu 10th November
CAS Bolton Secondary Hub Meeting
Tue 15th November
CAS Primary Craven Hub Meeting
Thur 24th November
CAS Morecambe Bay Hub Meeting
Thu 1st December
CAS Lancashire / Bolton SEN Hub Meeting
Our mailing address is:
CAS Lancaster, School of Computing & Communications, InfoLab21, Lancaster University. Bailrigg. Lancaster. LA1 4WA.