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Short list of material related to the computing curriculum at school
Computing at school in the UK
Computing is a foundational subject discipline that every child should have the opportunity to learn, from primary school onwards, just like maths or natural science. That is the vision of the new English National Curriculum for computing. This page collects together key links and resources to explain the vision, put it in its international context, point to major reports, identify key resources, and so on.
Many of these links are to CAS resources. Every CAS resource is a wiki that you can edit and improve. If you are a CAS member, please take the initiative to write as well as read, to contribute and share as well as enjoy and celebrate.
The big picture
The National Curriculum
Resources to support computing teachers
Hello world, launched in 2017, is a 100-page colour magazine, designed specifically for computing teachers, mostly written by computing teachers. It’s free online, but you can get hard copy too (free to teachers in the UK). It’s a joint venture between the Raspberry Pi Foundation and CAS.
micro:mag is a magazine focusing on the micro:bit. It is written by the community and includes micro:bit related news, stories and projects.
A list of lots of computing competitions, all aimed at school children.
- CAS resources to support:
CAS Quickstart: high-quality CPD toolkits, one for primary, one for secondary
CAS Barefoot: teaching resources and training for primary
CAS Tenderfoot resources and training for Key Stage 3 (age 8-11ish).
- Teaching London Computing
Teach Computing Science: A Guide for Primary and Early Years Practitioners (2017), and the
Scottish Plan C resource set. These are great, field-trialled resources written by Quintin Cutts and his colleagues in Scotland.
- Digital Schoolhouse
Computer Science Unplugged: Tim Bell’s famous work, still super-relevant.
cs4fn: computer science for fun. Magic tricks, puzzles, chocolate.
- Guide to computing for head teachers and senior leadership teams
- Inspiring books about computer science
- Schemes of work written by CAS teachers
Computer science educators StackExchange site. Here you can ask, and answer, any question about computing education.
Careers and diversity
Founders4Schools: well-briefed tech entrepreneurs are willing to come to your school, for free, to help inspire the next generation.
CAS #include: CAS’s sub-group that pays attention to issues of diversity and inclusion.
Girls/women in computing: role models, organisations, pointers.
Careers in computing collects links to web sites and videos that celebrate and explain careers in computing.
Other amazing organisations that support computing at school