Computing At School: CAS East Newsletter - May 2017

CAS East's Newsletter April 2017
CAS East Newsletter    May 2017

In This Issue

  • 2017 Regional Conference
  • Upcoming events
  • Courses and tutorials
  • Other items of interest

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Dear CAS member,


Please note, this is an amended version of the April newsletter. It is being re-sent as it was not received by a number of CAS East of England members.

Welcome to the April edition of the CAS East Regional Centre. Outlined below, you’ll find a range of events, courses, opportunities and news items. Want an item mentioned in the next newsletter? Email details to and we’ll do our best to include it.
Best wishes
Sue Sissling – Director of Centre for STEM Education and Project Lead
Neil Rickus – Project Lead
Sonia Menezes – Regional Liaison

2017 Regional Conference

Tickets going fast! – (or ) - CAS East Regional Conference – Friday 7th July – 9:30am – 3:30pm – College Lane Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield – Free, including lunch and parking.

The conference programme has now been released and a link can be found on the event page. During the day, there are four sessions, with at least two primary workshops and two secondary workshops per session.
Upcoming events
Enhancing Computing subject knowledge using Tenderfoot – free CPD for Secondary teachers and trainers

We’re delighted to be running these CPD events to enhance the subject knowledge of secondary teachers, which are being led by Dr John Woollard, Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton. The activities outlined in the sessions can be taken back to use in the classroom and linked to your existing schemes of work. Three dates are available and attendees are welcome to join the sessions at either 2pm or 4pm:

Monday 5th June – 2pm (or 4pm) – 6pm - Chelmsford -
Tuesday 6th June – 2pm (or 4pm) – 6pm - Luton -
Wednesday 7th June – 2pm (or 4pm) – 6pm - Hemel Hempstead -

2017 National CAS Conference for Teachers of Computing CAS Conference – Saturday 17th June – 9:00am – 5:00pm – University of Birmingham - £45
Free CPD for Primary Teachers - Joint Barefoot and Code Club events
Norwich – Tuesday 23rd May – 4:00pm – 6:00pm - - Free
 Peterborough – Thursday 25th May – 4:00pm – 6:00pm- - Free
Teaching Computing at Lower Key Stage Two in Stevenage- Tuesday 16 May from 9:30am to 3:30pm - £205
Two day GCSE Python Training in Chelmsford- Tuesday 13 June from 9:00am until Wednesday 14 June 4:00pm - £290 for two days.
Two day GCSE Python Training in Norwich- Tuesday 4 July 9:00am until Wednesday 5 July 4:00pm - £290 for two days.
Courses and tutorials
Raspberry Pi online courses – Free face to face support groups in Cambridge and East Suffolk
Raspberry Pi’s online course on “Teaching programming in primary schools” - and “Begin physical computing with Raspberry Pi and Python” - begin again this week.
Free face to face support groups for those taking these free courses are being delivered each week in Cambridge by James Robinson (Raspberry Pi Foundation, Cambridge Hub) – and in Suffolk by Bob Higham (Woodbridge Primary School, East Suffolk Hub) - Related kit and resources will be available at both locations.

Cisco Networking Academy Computing at Schools course
“Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) recently added a new course called Computing for Schools to its course portfolio. The course aligns with the new England's Computing curriculum, more specifically with the strand "Communication & Networks" as defined in the Computing Progression Pathways document published by Computing At School (CAS).
The course is available for free to any teachers and schools that would like to adopt it. In order to access it, schools will have to become part of Networking Academy, that is a free Education programme offered by Cisco.”
Further information can be found here -
Other items of interest
Could you be a CAS Master Teacher?
We’re always looking to recruit teachers with an interest in promoting the subject, helping train others and developing their own knowledge. Not everyone is a subject expert when they start, so if you have a passion for Computing and wish to enhance your career, please get in touch –  Further details of what it means to be a Master Teacher can be found here -
Within your first year, funding is available to undertake CPD (including the BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching - ) and for supply cover when you’re away from the classroom, such as when attending / delivering courses or supporting other teachers.

Pilot of a free computing magazine (abitofcs4fun) -
Technology outdoors MOOC -
CAS #include Diversity Toolkit
A toolkit for computing educators to encourage diversity within the subject created by the diversity and inclusion working group of CAS -
CAS Toolkit for School Leaders
“Feedback from schools that school leaders have a crucial role in securing computing’s position as part of their school’s broad and balanced curriculum and ensuring that all young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, receive the benefit of a computing education. This guide has been produced to help school leadership teams develop computing in their schools in ways that are consistent with the school’s desire to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to all students, in line with the school’s mission and ethos.”
Further information and the download links can be found here -
Quick self-review for primary schools
The self-review page allows primary schools to assess their current situation by answering six multiple choice questions -  The outcome of the review, which can be downloaded as a PDF, can then be used to inform subsequent planning and decision making.

Could you contribute to “Hello World” magazine?
The first issue of the joint CAS / Raspberry Pi magazine, “Hello World” - has proved extremely popular and we’re now looking for contributors to subsequent issues. Have you delivered an interesting sequence of lessons you could share? Could you write about a technology you’ve successfully used in the classroom? Have you promoted inclusion through a specific initiative? Or do you perhaps feel the world needs to know about something amazing you’re doing? If so, visit the contact form here - and select “Writing for the magazine” from the “Topic” drop down box.
Help Project Quantum take its next leap forward
“So far, we’ve got over 2,500 multi-choice computing questions on the Diagnostic Questions platform for Project Quantum. Please do have a look at what we’ve got already. Key principles of the project are that it’s for formative rather than summative assessment, including for use as in-lesson ‘hinge questions’; that it’s crowd sourced; that the questions and platform are (and will remain) free; and that we’re using some smart data analytics to work out just how good questions are.”
Could you assist by trialling some questions, creating quizzes or even writing questions? Further details of what’s required can be found here -
Digital Schoolhouse
“Do you want to improve the quality of teaching and learning for computing by developing exciting new pedagogy? Or partner with industry & bring their latest innovations and expertise into the classroom to teach digital creativity? Looking for a way to enhance your offer as a CAS school? The Digital Schoolhouse powered by PlayStation is a pioneering initiative that's proven to improve the quality of teaching and learning and pupil attainment for computing. The programme is delivered by Ukie (UK Interactive Entertainment), the trade body for the UK video games industry and is powered by PlayStation. The Digital Schoolhouse aims to inspire and engage teachers and students with creative computing and the wider creative digital industries using play-based learning. Collaborating with organisations such as the BBC, Disney, Intel, Apps for Good, BAFTA, Gfinity, 505 Games and others enables us to bridge the gap between education and industry to prepare the learners of today for the jobs of tomorrow. 
Digital Schoolhouse’s offer free weekly computing workshops to local schools. They host students and provide a unique CPD opportunity for teachers. The Digital Schoolhouse programme puts theory into practice with the teachers alongside. Visiting teachers are part of the planning and delivery of the Digital Schoolhouse workshops, they experience good practice in the classroom and are given opportunities to engage with the students themselves. The follow up personalised programme of support offered by our Digital Schoolhouse Lead Teachers ensures that the visiting teacher has the confidence and motivation to effectively embed computing in their school.”
To find out more, please see or contact Shahneila Saeed
Hosting Computer based exams for the British Council
“The British Council is seeking suitable computer based venues for computer based exams which are held for 4 weeks of the year only. We are looking for venues in the Norwich, Watford, & Stevenage areas and would be able to supply computers for use the rest of the year in exchange for use of the computer room for these 4 weeks. 
The exams we are run are professional accounting exams which happen the first week of every quarter. Upcoming dates are:
Dec 4th – 8th 2017
Mar 5th – 9th 2018
Jun 4th – 8th 2018
Sept 3rd – 7th 2018”
If you’re interested or require further information, please contact Caroline Curtis -
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