Computing in Schools

When: 22nd Nov 2017, 18:30 - 22nd Nov 2017, 21:00
Where: University of Newcastle Event Space, Ground Floor, Urban Sciences Building, NE4 5TG
Town/City: Newcastle
Organiser: BCS Newcstle-Upon-Tyne & District Branch
Price: Free of charge for both BCS members and non-members
Further Information: Further Information

Overview of CAS and CAS North East: the national and regional context - Nick Cook

Teaching computing in schools - experience of implementing the new curriculum from three CAS Master Teachers

  • Ben Garside, Durham Johnston School
  • Jim Green, Consett Academy
  • Chris Wilde, RGS and formerly North Tyneside CLC and the BuildIT project

We will also present the student achievement award for 2016/17.

Biographies of presenters:

Nick Cook

Nick Cook is a senior lecturer in Computing Science at Newcastle University teaching operating systems and systems programming to Stage 2 undergraduates. He is responsible for the School of Computing's outreach and widening participation programmes. He has been an active member of Computing At School (CAS) since 2010 and leads CAS North East, the CAS regional centre for the North East of England. In this role he oversees coordination of CAS activity across the region and organises and delivers CPD on the new curriculum to primary and secondary teachers.

Ben Garside

Ben Garside is a CAS Master Teacher and Strategic IT Lead and Teacher of Computer Science at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School. Ben is an experienced teacher of ICT who has made a significant professional and personal commitment to teaching the new computing curriculum, including the successful completion of a part-time Postgrad Certificate in Computer Science at Newcastle University in 2016. Ben co-leads the CAS Durham Hub.

Jim Green

Jim Green is a CAS Master Teacher and Teacher and Learning Leader of Computing at Consett Academy. He teaches computing across KS 3-5 (11-18 year olds) where computing is embedded into the curriculum and offers extra curricular activities in computing. He delivers both GCSE and A Level and has built up healthy cohorts in both qualifications. He has a focus on the use of physical computing and unplugged activities in teaching. Jim co-leads the CAS Durham Hub.

Chris Wilde

Chris is a CAS Master Teacher and has been Head of Digital Technology & Computing at Royal Grammar School (since September 2017). Prior to taking up his role at RGS Chris was a School Improvement Advisor in North Tyneside. In this role he provided curricular advice to teachers of computing and taught groups of pupils from Reception to Year 13. Chris was awarded a commendation for the Guardian's teacher of the year award in 2006, is a Google Certified Teacher and his work with Build-IT has seen him recognised as a Digital Skills Leader by the Dynamo North East group. Chris' has a particular interest in the use of physical computing and Maker culture to engage and enthuse young people.