NCCE – Primary Computing Courses

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Edge Hill University is delighted to continue to help our primary computing teachers by offering  National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) courses right across North West England. This means that all teachers can access computing CPD delivered by experts and receive a bursary for their school to help with the costs of covering their classes. We also run free Saturday computing workshops including NCCE taster courses throughout the year.

Fees and Bursaries

Each academic year all state funded schools can book one place on one of the courses below. There is a small fee of £35 per day for a course, but schools will receive a bursary of £220 per day to cover the course fee and help them with associated cover costs.

Schools can attend more than one course and send more than one teacher on a course in the same academic year and the course fee remains the same at £35 per teacher per day. No bursary is available for additional teachers / courses (unless booked in a later academic year)

Courses

Three courses are available:

  • Outstanding teaching of key stage 1 computing
  • Outstanding teaching of key stage 2 computing
  • Primary programming and algorithms

Booking link

Outstanding teaching of key stage 1 computing

This two-day course will give you the confidence to teach the whole of the key stage 1 computing curriculum. You will take-away engaging ways to use computers and software effectively, supporting other areas of curriculum learning. You will develop your knowledge of internet-connected computer systems, from hardware to online safety. You will also discover age-appropriate data collection, analysis and sharing methods and projects. Combining popular and accessible tools, you will develop the skills and ideas to support creative projects produced by your children. You will be able to help children:

  • understand how computers work, their constituent parts and the instructions they follow
  • recognise the many types of computer system in the world around them, making purposeful and safe use of them
  • learn through projects and lessons where they collect and share data through surveys and investigations
  • create digital content such as images, video and sound in multimedia projects
  • consider their own use of technology, the benefits and risks that it brings, and know its importance in the world and their learning through development of your own subject knowledge, pedagogy and practice.

Booking link

Outstanding teaching of key stage 2 computing

Over two days you will broaden your understanding of the KS2 computing curriculum. You will strengthen your knowledge of computer systems and networks, including the internet, world wide web and search engines. You will demystify computing, developing an understanding of  fundamentals such as binary encoding, learning how a computer system processes this data to carry out useful tasks.

Skillfully combining a wide range of software applications and multimedia such as video, images and sound, you will be better able to support children in creative and engaging project work across the whole primary curriculum. They will develop their ability to select the right tool for the job, then use them in a considered, effective way. You will be able to help children:

  • understand how computers work including details of their component parts, and the added capabilities achieved when computers are connected through a network
  • understand the nature of binary data as used by computers to represent information in many forms
  • learn about tools and applications that utilise the internet, including email and the World-Wide Web, and use them safely and effectively
  • create and manage projects where they collect, analyse and share data
  • create and modify digital content such as images, video and sound in multimedia projects
  • consider their own use of technology, the benefits and risks that it brings, and know its importance in the world.

Booking link

Primary programming and algorithms

During this one-day professional development, you will discover engaging ways to help children use computational thinking. You will be equipped to develop their knowledge of how technology works, and the skills to make computers follow instructions in simple programs. A range of approaches will be explored, including ‘unplugged’ activities that require no computer, and multimedia activities that allow creativity and promote widespread engagement. You will be able to:

  • Discover a range of different teaching techniques that are supported by research, to improve how your school delivers lessons that use algorithms and programming.
  • Learn about debugging, sequence, repetition, selection and variable use and the common misconceptions that hinder pupil progress.
  • Come away with lots of resources that you can use to develop how teachers in your schools understand, plan and teach computing.
  • Understand what computational thinking is and how it affects teaching programming

Course Dates and Booking Links

Click an Activity Title to access the booking page.

 

Activity Title Venue for CPD Day 1 Day 2
Primary programming / algorithms (1 day Course) St Paul’s C Of E Primary School, 7 St Paul’s Rd, Manchester M20 4PG 12/02/20
Teaching and Leading Key Stage 2 Computing (2 day Course) Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, St Helens Rd, Ormskirk, L39 4QP 20/5/20 3/06/20
Primary programming / algorithms (1 day Course) Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, St Helens Rd, Ormskirk, L39 4QP 15/6/20
Teaching and Leading Key Stage 2 Computing (2 day Course) Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, St Helens Rd, Ormskirk, L39 4QP 29/6/20 13/07/20
Primary programming / algorithms (1 day Course) Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, St Helens Rd, Ormskirk, L39 4QP 6/7/20
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