Edge Hill University has been chosen to deliver a new government funded programme to transform computing education in schools across the North West.

Thanks to funding through the Department for Education’s newly established National Centre for Computing Education, the university will run free computer courses for primary and secondary teachers equipping them with the knowledge they need to teach future generations.

Funded through substantial bursaries for eligible schools, teachers will be able to attend the face to face and online courses.

Primary teachers can take continuous professional development (CPD) in topics related to Key Stage 1 & 2 computing including primary programming and algorithms.

Secondary teachers can focus on outstanding computing teaching in Key Stages 3 and 4 as well as GCSE computing and accelerator online courses specialising in topics such as programming, networks and computer architecture. Project Coordinator Carl Simmons, from Edge Hill’s Faculty of Education, said:

“This once in a generation opportunity to upskill all of our computing teachers will help us build capacity to teach outstanding computing lessons across the North West. The National Centre for Computing Education’s vision is for every child in every school to have a world-leading computing education and we are very happy to be able to contribute to that aspiration.

“Talking to teachers, we know their confidence in computing subject knowledge varies greatly and many don’t have a formal qualification having come from mathematics or business backgrounds for example. Thanks to this funding they can now enhance their own careers by taking advantage of this free CPD training, ask questions, gain certification and take the next step on their journey to be outstanding teachers of computing.”

Edge Hill is working in partnership with nine other regional partners across England allowing teachers regardless of their location or computer knowledge to access CPD.

To find out more about the 35 free courses on offer (ranging from online to one-to-four days) and bursaries available please visit http://bit.ly/NCCE-PRIMARY or http://bit.ly/NCCE-SECONDARY