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 East 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 Bursary Dates/Timings Booking Link
Teaching KS1 Computing – Module 1 Live-Remote Day £65 £220* Session 1 – Thursday 13 January, 0930-1040
Session 2 – Friday, 14 January, 0930-1130
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Primary Programming & Algorithms Live-Remote Day £65 £220* Session 1 – Monday 24 January, 1400-1530
Session 2 – Thursday 27 January, 1400-1500
Session 3 – Thursday 3 February, 1400-1510
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Computing on a Budget Blended Day £65 £220* Session 1 – Monday 7 February, 1400-1520 (Online)
Session 2 – Thursday 10 February, 0930-1100 (F2F – Monkerton Primary School, Exeter)
Session 3 – Tuesday 15 February, 0930-1100 (F2F – Monkerton Primary School, Exeter)
Session 4 – Thursday 17 February, 1430-1530 (Online)
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Teaching KS1 Computing – Module 2 Live-Remote Day £65 £220* Thursday 3 March, 0900-1230 Click Here
Physical Computing Kit – KS2 Crumble In-Person Day £0 £0 Wednesday 9 March, 0930-1100 Click Here
Assessing Computational Thinking in Primary School Live-Remote Day £0 £0 Tuesday 15 March, 1400-1530 Click Here
Outstanding Primary Computing for All In-Person Day £65 £220* Friday 25 March, 0930-1515 Click Here

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Secondary Courses

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

Secondary Course Booking Links


Course Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Bursary Dates/Timings Booking Link
Adapted Teaching & Effective Learning Interventions in Secondary Computing Live-Remote Day £65* £0 Wednesday 14 March, 0930-1500 Click Here

*See Bursaries/Fee 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




Course Delivery Type Scheduled Delivery Fee Bursary Dates/Timings Booking Link
Python Programming: Working with Data Live-Remote Twilight £0 £0 Session 1 – Tuesday 18 January, 1600-1700
Session 2 – Thursday 20 January, 1600-1700
Session 3 – Tuesday 25 January, 1600-1730
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Computer Systems: Input, Output & Storage Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Wednesday 26 January, 0930-1500 Click Here
Python Programming: Advanced Subject Knowledge, Implementation and Testing Live-Remote Twilight £0 £0 Session 1 – Tuesday 8 March, 1600-1730
Session 2 – Thursday 10 March, 1600-1645
Session 3 – Tuesday 15 March, 1600-1700
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Foundation Knowledge of Computer Science for KS3 and GCSE Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Session 1 – Wednesday 16 March, 1430-1630
Session 2 – Wednesday 23 March, 1430-1700
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Computer Systems: Input, Output & Storage Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Tuesday 29 March, 0900-1500 Click Here
Introduction to Algorithms, Programming & Data Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Monday 20 June, 0900-1500 Click Here
Introduction to Computer Systems, Networking & Security Live-Remote Day £0 £220 Tuesday 21 June, 0900-1500 Click Here

*See Bursaries/Fee 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.

Complexity – Wednesday 9 February, 1330-1630

At this Teacher CPD event, teachers are provided with the knowledge and understanding needed to deliver the topic of complexity to their A level students.

Despite the much-increased speed of computer hardware, programmers still seek maximum efficiency when coding solutions. This is partially due to the increase in the data volume to be processed.

Book your free place, here!

Short Courses & Additional Events

Free Online Scratch Programming Training
Wednesday 9 February, 1530-1700
Join this workshop to gain subject knowledge around teaching programming using Scratch; get to know the Scratch environment further including the use of variables, ‘make a block’, vector vs bitmap and all the latest hints and tips.

(Free for teachers from state-maintained schools)

Book your place!

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)

CAS Community Network Meetings – Primary & Secondary


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 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 our upcoming meetings and details of how to book your free place are provided in the primary and secondary sections below.

Please visit our collaborative Wakelet page with links & resources gathered as part of our regular meetings for the Exeter primary Computing at School Meetings. Here you’ll also find recordings of our previous sessions!

Wednesday 16 February, 1545-1630 – Physical Computing with the BBC Micro:bit: The pocket-sized computer transforming digital skills learning! 

Join Martin Caddy from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School to find out all you need to know about using the micro:bit in the primary classroom.

Book your free place, here!

Thursday 17 February, 1600-1700 –  Bridging the gap at KS4

Most students will have missed significant chunks of their GCSE study over the past 18 months and the attainment gaps in achievement between disadvantaged students and their peers has widened, highlighting the need for significant intervention. Join us to discuss how we can best support our KS4 cohorts so that they feel confident in their understanding of Computer Science and are well prepared for further study post-16.

Book your free place, here!

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