Computing Hub

Computing Hubs have been established to help schools and colleges lead improvement in Computer Science education in England. Our vision is for every child in every school in England to have a world-leading computing education.

Computing Hubs are led by schools and colleges across England with an exceptional track record in teaching computing.  They deliver face-to-face courses and provide local support for teachers in primary and secondary schools in their area.

Beauchamp College, Oadby leads the Leicester & East Midlands Computing Hub. We work with schools and colleges in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland.

The Computing Hub team:
Strategic Lead: Tom Fitzjohn
Secondary School Lead: Ciarán McGeeney
Primary School Lead: Jonathan Speeding

The National Programme has its own website at www.teachcomputing.org
Registering for a free account will allow you to receive the National Centre for Computing Education news bulletins.

You can also contact the hub via email TeachComputing@lionhearttrust.org.uk

SECONDARY CPD

Representing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode 
Daytime remotely delivered sessions 1-5: 30th Jul.

 

Course Information and Bookings can be made by clicking the links above

 

Physical Computing Kits Available To Borrow

Current research suggests that physical computing is an important tool to engage learners and a strategy to develop their understanding in more creative ways. The Computing Hub has class sets of physical computing resources which can be borrowed along with training resources and unit plans during the Summer Term. There are Crumbles available for KS2, Micro:bits for KS2/3, and Raspberry Pi Computers and Picos for KS4. For further information, please email teachcomputing@lionhearttrust.org.uk

The primary aim of Computing At School (CAS) is to promote and develop the teaching of computing in schools by supporting teachers. One way to achieve this is to provide teachers with a local forum (CAS Community) to share ideas and mutual interests. These CAS Communities form the foundation of much of the work of CAS. CAS Community meetings are for teachers, run by teachers. Details of the upcoming community meetings can be found on the relevant community page below.
Our nearby CAS communities are:

The DfE is funding support for schools in Leicester that wish to improve or update the teaching and learning of computing. The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) has been set up to offer this support, which includes:  

    • bespoke 1:1 support from a Subject Matter Expert (half a day) 
    • support with planning, resources, and assessment 
    • access to the NCCE's Teach Computing curriculum (Yrs 1-6) 
    • tailored CPD for all staff from 
    • free online courses 
    • face-to-face and remote courses with a bursary of £220 for completing a course*  https://lionhearttrust.org.uk/about-us/partnerships/computing-hub/

(*the first teacher from each school is eligible for a one-off bursary for a course completed remotely or face to face and taking place within school hours) 

 

As your appointed Primary Subject Matter Expert, simply email me at s.vaughan@stem.org.uk to this email if you would like to access this offer. More information about the NCCE can be found at https://teachcomputing.org/ 

Remote/home learning: 

Recently, I have had a lot of questions from schools about preparing for home/remote learning. If you have no email accounts set up for your children, then you can access the free DfE funding to get Google Classroom or Teams set up. https://schoolleaders.thekeysupport.com/news/digital-education-platform-scheme/   If you would like to ask any questions on which of these platforms to choose and the differences between them, then please feel free to get in touch.  Another great option for primary schools is using Seesaw. Seesaw is an online journal platform which is free to use and requires minimal set up.  

Please contact me for support about Remote Learning.

 

Hub Newsletters

 

Subject Matter Expert Support

The Computing Hub is supported by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) who is:

  • An educational expert, working regionally with schools
  • Targeting schools NOT offering GCSE Computer Science
  • Supporting schools to develop action plans
  • Supporting primary and secondary schools that are currently situated in category 5 and 6 priority areas.
  • Providing bespoke CPD

 

 

COMPUTING HUB CONTACT

Tom Fitzjohn

Computing Hub Strategic Lead

thomas.fitzjohn@lionhearttrust.org.uk

Ciarán McGeeney

Computing Hub Secondary Lead

ciaran.mcgeeney@beauchamp.org.uk