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Getting Started in CAS

Brief outline of how to get the most out of CAS membership and links to resources to get started for both primary and secondary teachers

Simon Humphreys

Created by Simon Humphreys
last edited Sep 12 2014 by Simon Humphreys

CAS is for Teachers

The classroom teacher is at the heart of all we do at Computing At School.  Our goal is to build local communities of practice of both primary and secondary teachers through sharing resources and best practice, building dialogue and providing training.

These links should get you started on getting involved with and getting the best out of Computing At School.

I'm new to Computing - where do I start?

The Computing National Curriculum can be found here. This is just the basics of what you will need to teach. This has been explained in two CAS documents for teachers:

We also have identified what we think teachers should know in order to feel confident delivering the Computing National Curriculum and this is specified in our subject knowledge document. There are many sample schemes of work uploaded in the Resources section shared by other teachers which you can use and adapt. Don't forget to add a comment for the person whose resources it is if you have found it useful.

Are there any good ideas to start me off?

A lot of the content in the Computing curriculum can be taught without access to computers so some good places to start looking for resources would be CSUnplugged and Teach London Computing. These sites have great ideas with resources that you can use. CS4Fn also has masses of material to make Computing engaging in the classroom.

There are some new Computing resources at including some primary materials that you may find useful.p>

Collection of resources to get started with primary

For some general background reading for computer science, CAS members have suggested a number of inspirational books. The list is here.

Also take a look at these other websites:

What about assessment?

We have published a document called Progression Pathways to to support teachers in assessing their pupils' progress in computing from Key Stage 1 (Year 1) through to Key Stage 3 (Year 9).

What is going on in Computing At School?

The core CAS activity is the CAS Hub. Teachers in each CAS hub meet every term to share ideas and experiences. Find out where your local hub is by looking at our map.

We have a termly magazine called CAS Switched On - bursting with ideas from teachers in the classroom about how to teach Computing.

CAS also has a Community Website. Here you can share your resources with others and discuss key topics with other Computing teachers.

Computing At School has four main projects:

  •     CAS Network of Excellence - which recriuts and trains Master Teachers to support other teachers locally
  •     CAS Barefoot Computing - which runs workshops all round the country for primary teachers using resources specially designed for use in the classroom
  •     CAS QuickStart Computing (formerly Countdown to Computing) - a DIY CPD programme for you to use in your school or department to help teachers orientate to the curriculum changes and start to introduce Computing (available January 2015).
  •     BCS (CAS) Certificate in Computer Science Teaching - professional accreditation and recognition for teachers who are currently teaching Computing and can evidence their skills.


Where can I get some support?

We recommend you join your local CAS hub and start talking to other local CAS members as they will be most able to help and support you. CAS is a community of practice made up of teachers, academics, industry professionals and others who have all joined to share and support each other. You can find out when your local hub is meeting next by contacting your hub leader. You can find out who this is by looking at the map.

Also contact your local CAS Master Teacher whose details also appear on your user profile (click on your name when logged into CAS to see this). Of course if you haven't added your location CAS won't know who your local hub leader and Master Teacher are so make sure you do this. Your local Master Teacher will be running CPD events in your area and will be happy to let you know when these are happening, or answer any queries you have about teaching Computing. Master Teachers are current teachers of Computing who can draw on their own experience and expertise in supporting their peers.

Check out the list of events here.

How do I get more involved?

There are many ways in which you can get involved with Computing At School

  • Go along to your local hub meeting
  • Sign your school up to the CAS Network of Excellence
  • Contribute something to our Switched On Magazine
  • Consider becoming a Hub Leader if there is not a hub near enough to you.
  • Add a resource to the Resources area of the Community website.
  • Apply to become a CAS Master Teacher

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