NCCE Computing Hub

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) is a collaboration between STEM Learning, BCS and Raspberry Pi. These three organisations bring together their collective experience to deliver the best computing CPD experiences possible. The Computing Hub at Carmel College provides a local face to a national venture across the Tees Valley and Durham.

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Computing Hub Lead - Simon Roberts

Computing Hub Primary Lead - Gráinne Duffy

Simon brings his experience of having lead both ICT and Computing in two outstanding schools to his role in leading the NCCE Computing Hub for Tees Valley and Durham at Carmel College. He has thoroughly enjoyed the transition from the old ICT national curriculum to the new computing curriculum and relished the challenges and opportunities that it has created. Having come from a background in science teaching, he is acutely aware of the journey that our participants will face in becoming comfortable teaching the new subject content.

Gráinne has taught for many years and worked in a large organisation in the computer industry. She brings her experience of primary headship in addition to her enthusiasm for all things computing.

The computing Hub provides a range of CPD experiences that are suitable for all teachers. The flagship Computer Science Accelerator (CSA) programme aims to upskill 8000 teachers so that they are prepared for the subject knowledge required for the GCSE in Computer Science. By overcoming this national shortfall of teachers, computer science will be better taught by teachers that have the knowledge required by the subject. There are eleven courses across a range of GCSE Computer Science topics that cover all areas of study.

Additionally, there are a range of eight ‘Core’ courses that are aimed at the pedagogy and surrounding skills for teaching all pupils of computing, whether primary or secondary. Examples include among others... ‘Teaching and Leading KS1 Computing’ and ‘Outstanding teaching of GCSE Computer Science’. These courses are available by remote delivery and when the time is right, we will return to our high-quality, face-to-face CPD experiences. To support the learning of our participants and to ensure that they are on the correct pathway through the courses, we are on hand to provide support advice and guidance. As part of their roles both Simon and Gráinne also lead Computing at School (CAS) Communities of Practice in Darlington: secondary and primary respectively. These communities meet up (currently remotely) to host computing workshops, support teachers and share best practice.

If you would like further information about the courses that the NCCE Computer Hub offer, please contact

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