West Country Computer Science Hub 2020 Launch – Briefing for Headteachers

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) was established in November 2018 with up to £84 million of Government funding and supported by a further £1 million from Google to develop training for secondary school computing teachers.

Led by a consortium of STEM Learning, Raspberry Pi Foundation and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, it will deliver computing teaching support through a network of Computing Hubs.

The driving ambition is to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A-Level, particularly girls and pupils in disadvantaged areas, and ensure that there is a strong pipeline of digital skills in England.

The NCCE program is being delivered locally through the creation of regional Computing Hubs, where teachers can access non accredited and accredited training to increase confidence and computing capability.

Awarding of the hubs has been through competitive selection and we are pleased to inform you that two hubs have been announced in the HotSW region; the West Country Computer Science Hub (a partnership between Exeter Mathematics School, Broadclyst Community Primary School & Uffculme School) in Exeter and the Castle School Computing Hub in Taunton.

The Castle School Computing Hub is up and running and you can find out what courses are running here: Castle School Computing Hub – Calendar of Courses.

The West Country Computer Science Hub will commence delivery in early 2020. 

Headteachers and Senior Leadership Teachers are invited to attend a briefing event at the West Country Computer Science Hub to find out about the high-quality support and ancillary digital training for the teaching of computing in schools and colleges, from Key Stage 1 through to A-Level.

The 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.


Bursaries are available to state-funded schools and colleges across England that cover the cost of time out of the classroom for teachers attending CPD. These bursaries can contribute towards associated costs, including travel and supply cover.


Briefing Date: 30th January 2020



16:15 – Arrival and Refreshments

16:30 – Introduction – Charlotte Collyer, Digital Skills: Why inspiring digital confidence and capability is central to a young person’s future journey. Plus a look at how your school can blend digital learning across the curriculum.

17:00 – Teach Computing Presentation

17:30 – Questions & Networking

18:00 – Depart


Where: Exeter Mathematics School, Exeter


If you are interested in attending this event, book your free space here.