Lead Schools - Network of Excellence
All schools (primary or secondary) in England are welcome to the join the NoE. By doing so your school is making a public statement that Computing is important for your pupils. When registering to join your school can self-designate as a Lead School which means your school is taking a lead for Computing and computer science education in your area by supporting other schools. At the end of each academic year Lead Schools are required to complete an activity audit in order to maintain their status as a lead School in the NoE.
Lead Schools are expected to:
- recognise that Computing as a subject is important, and it is part of your school development plan.
- be developing or have developed a broad and balanced computing curriculum that shows clear, planned progression
- offer support (at least one) other school in your community through sharing your good practise e,g, team teaching, lesson observations, shared schemes of work or running joint planning sessions, helping colleagues set up a Code Club in a local school or run Computing focused transition days etc.
You may also wish to:
- publish resources or contribute to discussions on the CAS Community Website
- run a CAS hub or offer support to CAS win another way such as presenting at CAS events ro taking an active role in the development of the community
- provide extra-curricular comoputing opportunities for your pupils
- conduct interviews as part of the BCS Scholarship programme
It is expected that Computing staff in lead Schools will be members of CAS!
Current status (May 2015):
Membership Benefits of being a Lead School
- Enhanced public recognition, reflecting your staff's expertise and commitment to Computing and Computer Science, with the entitlement to use the NoE Lead School logo on your organisation's documentation and website
- Provides prospective new staff members with the confidence that your organisation is effectively developing its Computing and Computer Science provision and the potential for career development in the future
- Receive invitations to speak at CAS Hub meetings
- Opportunity to submit proposals to present at the annual CAS National and Regional Conferences
- New and exciting opportunities are always offered to Lead Schools first e.g. Bids to the Major of London Fund to role out Digital Schoolhouse projects across London
- The Network of Excellence will facilitate introductions to local Initial Teacher Education providers to attract PGCE Computer Science students for placement
- Access to support the BCS Scholarship Bursary scheme and opportunity to attract the best PGCE applicants
- Opportunity for a member of your staff to apply to become either a Primary or Secondary CAS Master Teacher,
Application and opther information
- To register as a Lead School for the CAS NoE please complete the online registration form.
- Information about the Lead School Audit 2014
- If you have any further questions please email a member of the Network of Excellence team on: firstname.lastname@example.org.