Exeter Maths School, in partnership with Broadclyst Community Primary School and Uffculme School, is delighted to have been awarded official Computing Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education.

The National Centre for Computing Education is funded by the Department for Education and marks a significant investment in improving the provision of computing education in England.

The West Country Computing Hub is a focal point for local computing training across Devon and Dorset – providing high-quality support for the teaching of computing in schools and colleges, from Key Stage 1 through to A level. Our extensive range of training, resources and support covers elements of the curriculum at every Key Stage, catering for all levels of subject knowledge and experience.

Whether you’re a teacher, employer or resource provider, there are plenty of ways you can engage with us.

To enable engagement with our CPD, a mixed offer of will be in place throughout the 2020/21 academic year – choose how and when you want to learn, through face-to-face, online, or live remote training.

If you have any questions, please email: TeachComputing@exeterms.ac.uk

Primary Courses

For all available Primary Courses, please visit the Teach Computing website.

Primary Course Booking Links

Course Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Subsidy Dates/Timings Booking Link
What goes in my Subject Leader Folder? Online Twilight £0 £0 Monday 13th February, 1530-1700 Click Here
Teaching KS1 Computing – Module 1 Online Day £65 £220 Wednesday 22nd February, 0900-1510 Click Here
Online Safety through Primary Computing Online Twilight £0 £0 Tuesday 7th March, 1600-1730 Click Here
Introduction to Primary Computing Face-to-Face at The Prince of Wales Primary School, Dorchester Day £0 £220 Wednesday 8th March, 0930-1530 Click Here
Introduction to the Teach Computing Curriculum Online Twilight £0 £0 Thursday 9 March, 1545-1715 Click Here
Introduction to Scratch Online Twilight £0 £0 Monday 13 March, 1545-1700 Click Here
Computing in EYFS Online Twilight £0 £0 Tuesday 14th March, 1630-1730 Click Here
Introduction to MakeCode Online Twilight £0 £0 Tuesday 14 March, 1545-1715 Click Here
Ofsted Research Review: What it means for Primary Subject Leads Online Twilight £0 £0 Thursday 16th March, 1545-1700 Click Here
Outstanding Primary Computing for All Face-to-Face at Monkerton Primary School, Exeter Day £65 £220 Friday 17th March, 0900-1530 Click Here
Teaching KS1 Computing – Module 2 Online Day £65 £220 Wednesday 22nd March, 0900-1500 Click Here
Assessing Computational Thinking in Primary Schools Online Twilight £0 £0 Wednesday 29th March, 1545-1715 Click Here
Advanced Scratch Programming Online Twilight £0 £0 Thursday 30th March, 1545-1700 Click Here

*See Funding & Subsidies Information

Secondary Courses

For all available Secondary Courses, please visit the Teach Computing website.

Secondary Course Booking Links

Course Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Subsidy Dates/Timings Booking Link
Assessment and Progression in KS3 Computing Face-to-Face at Exeter Maths School Day £65* £0 Wednesday 1st March, 0930-1530 Click Here

*See Funding & Subsidies Information – Free for CS Accelerator Graduates

GCSE Computer Science Accelerator Programme

The Computer Science Accelerator is a flexible professional development programme designed to give you the subject knowledge and confidence to teach GCSE computer science.

Programme Benefits

  • Gain the subject knowledge required to teach the GCSE curriculum with confidence and drive attainment in your school
  • Access a network of on and offline support to guide you through your professional development journey
  • Obtain a professionally-recognised training certificate, awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Teachers can choose to complete individual courses from a menu of face-to-face and online options.

The learning pathways will help you to get started and offer a structured route through the programme based on your level of experience.

We hope you find the programme supportive and that it helps to give you the confidence to teach computer science across the curriculum!

The Computer Science Accelerator Programme supports teachers to build their skills, increase their subject knowledge and confidence in order to teach GCSE Computer Science.

Now trainee teachers, supply teachers and teachers wishing to return to the profession will be able to access free continuous professional development, support and training to help them to successfully teach this high demand subject at GCSE.

Support is already available to existing computing or computer science teachers from state-funded secondary, primary and middle schools, and state-funded FE colleges.

This eligibility criteria has now been expanded to include:

  • trainee teachers who may wish to additionally specialise in computing and computer science
  • computing trainees who want to top up their subject knowledge and gain a nationally recognised certificate
  • supply teachers that regularly teach computer science
  • returning teachers that will teach computer science
  • serving teachers at state-funded schools who are not currently teaching computing or computer science but who may wish to retrain and switch subject

The aim is to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE and A level, particularly girls, and those from disadvantaged areas. This means ensuring that there are enough teachers equipped and confident to teach computer science.

For all available GCSE CSA Courses, please visit the Teach Computing website.

GCSE CSA Programme Booking Links

Autumn Term courses coming soon!

*See Funding & Subsidies Information

Isaac Computer Science Teacher CPD

Teacher CPD events are designed to help A level computer science teachers build their confidence and understanding of the subject.

At each event, you’ll explore a computer science concept in depth, and you can easily adapt what you’ll learn for use in the classroom with your students.

We’ll also show you how to use the teacher functions on the Isaac Computer Science platform.

Object-Oriented Programming

Wed, 8 Mar 2023, 13:00 — 16:30

Object-oriented design and programming principles remain at the forefront of commercial software development and feature on the A level syllabus.

This rigorous approach to coding can have a steep learning curve for beginners, particularly due to the large set of subject-specific terminology.

At this Teacher CPD event, you will have the opportunity to develop a small animation, where each shape will be programmed to be an object. This hands-on approach is designed to lower the barrier of entry to this rich topic.

If you are a more experienced teacher, this session will give you some great resources to promote your students’ creative thinking skills.

Book your free place, here.

Loan Physical Computing Kit


As a Computing Hub, we now have Physical Computing Kits for KS2-4 that we can lend to schools for up to 6-weeks. This allows you to plan a significant section of your course, knowing the resources will be available for you.

The kit contents can be found below and link to the free units of work available from the Teach Computing Curriculum:

Year 5 – Programming A – Selection in Physical Computing (Crumbles)

Year 6 – Programming B – Sensing (Micro:bits)

Year 9 – Physical Computing (Micro:bits)

KS4 – Physical Computing Project (Raspberry Pi Picos)

We are also able to offer free face-to-face CPD, demonstrating the physical computing kit and how the Teach Computing Curriculum can be used to engage students. If you’d be interested in attending this CPD, please contact us via: TeachComputing@exeterms.ac.uk

Please submit your request to loan Physical Computing Kit here!

The kit contains:

  • 17 Crumble controllers
  • 34 sparkle LEDs
  • 17 switches
  • 17 light sensors
  • 17 buzzers
  • 17 micro USB cables
  • 17 battery packs for 3x AA batteries (batteries not included!)
  • 34 wheels and motors
  • 204 croc clip cable

The kit contains:

  • 17 micro:bits
  • 17 battery packs for 2x AAA batteries (batteries not included!)
  • 17 USB cables
  • 40 croc clip cables

The kit contains:

  • 10 Raspberry Pi Picos with 2×20 pin 0.1″ headers pre-soldered
  • 10 micro USB cables
  • 10 ultrasonic sensors
  • 20 wheels and DC motors
  • 10 H Bridge boards
  • 20 line tracking optical sensors
  • 10 battery packs for 6x AA batteries (batteries not included!)
  • 10 breadboards
  • 20 white and red LEDs
  • 20 croc clip cables
  • A selection of jumper cables
  • 10 resistors (50 ohms)

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