Job title: Computer subject lead (Primary)
Salary: £48,000 - £52,000 p.a.
Location: Field-based
Contract Type:  24 months fixed-term contract


We are now recruiting for a Computing Subject Lead (Primary) to join our Education and Public Benefit team, in a 24-month fixed term opportunity, working full time in a field-based capacity.

About the role

Our vision is for everyone in society to benefit from good IT; they need a profession that will champion and deliver access to the right technology, and the knowledge and skills required for all of us to be resilient and thrive in our digital world.

BCS Education and Public Benefit’s aim is for all young people to receive a great computing education so that:

  • a plentiful and diverse pipeline of young people are progressing into the IT profession.
  • the majority of young people leave formal education able to progress into a future ready workforce.
  • all young people leave formal education digitally literate, recognising the value of digital and the contribution IT professionals make to society and the economy.
  • We do this by engaging with educators through our networks and communities, and by developing CPD and resources to support educators as subject specialists.

The Primary Computing Subject Lead’s purpose is to provide expert input to our programmes and initiatives with responsibilities including strategic planning, delivery of resources and CPD, and stimulating community engagement. Your work would predominantly support our Computing at School (CAS) and Barefoot Educator programmes.

Key responsibilities:

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Provide primary subject specialist information relevant to our programmes.
  • Scrutinise our work through the eyes of a primary subject specialist, ensuring a valuable and credible experience for our members, and reporting on how we can best support and nurture their ongoing development.
  • Keep abreast of pedogeological and political changes.

Community Building & Teacher Engagement

  • Stimulate primary educator activity within our Communities, primarily Computing at School (CAS) and Barefoot.
  • Have a presence in our online educator forums, stimulating discussion and responding to primary queries.
  • Proactively seek opportunities to work within primary networks and influencer groups across the UK.

Content, CPD & Resource Development

  • Update primary resources and assist with the creation of new materials.
  • Contribute content for a monthly newsletters/blogs/articles.
  • Deliver online and face to face workshops to our primary educator audience.


  • Contribute to strategic planning of primary subject specialist content.
  • Support sub-contracted subject matter experts in the delivery of resources where applicable.
  • Build partnerships to assist primary subject specialists to develop their subject knowledge and pedagogy.
  • Champion diversity and help to enhance inclusivity.
  • Work closely with the ED&PB team to build cohesive plans, share successes and identify risks to the overall programme.


  • Establish highly effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders to generate commitment to our goals.
  • Maintain an awareness of economic, social, political, environmental and technological developments to keep activity relevant and targeted.
  • Be sensitive to the views and perspectives of stakeholders about the landscape surrounding computing education in the UK.
  • Flexibility is required of all job holders to adjust responsibilities as required from time to time by their Line Manager/Divisional Director.
  • Strive to live BCS’ values and support our purpose.
  • Continually looking at ways to make improvements to systems, processes and procedure.

The content and reporting lines detailed in this job description may be reviewed and changed from time to time to reflect organisational requirements.

Who are we looking for?

Education and qualifications
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • A teaching or training qualification is desirable.
  • Demonstrable experience of the Computing Education landscape in the UK.
  • Proven teaching experience.
  • Proven teacher training experience.
  • Proven experience of delivering successful outcomes and inspiring others.
Competencies and skills
  • Able to inspire and influence at all levels.
  • Tenacity, professionalism and integrity as well as the drive and pragmatism to get things done.
  • Adept at managing complex internal and external stakeholder relationships.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritise workloads (of self and others) in order to meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional written and oral communications.
  • Confident in public, ability to represent the organisation externally with well-developed presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of a membership organisation.
  • Knowledge of the education sector.
  • Knowledge of teacher training.
  • Knowledge of computing education in the UK and beyond.
Special conditions
  • Regular travel throughout the UK.
  • A full UK driving license.
  • Ability to work outside office hours/weekends/attend social or networking events or conferences.

BCS is dedicated to providing training and development to help all staff realise their potential, and also offer a generous benefit package.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT are committed to promoting equality at every opportunity as an employer. This statement and our policies are designed to ensure our recruitment and employment practices and procedures actively promote equality of opportunity and value diversity.

All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK upon application.

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy may be removed before any listed closing date once a sufficient amount of applications have been received.

In the event that we receive a high number of applications for this vacancy, we may be unable to provide an individual response to every candidate, therefore if you haven’t heard back from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion.

What BCS offers in return


£48,000 - £52,000 per annum

Benefits and perks

From Day One (pre-probation)

  • 23 days holiday per year increasing to a maximum of 27 days with length of service.
  • A day off on or during the month of your birthday.
  • Up to 3 extra paid days off during shutdown between Christmas and New Year.
  • Free BCS membership giving you invaluable membership resources.
  • The Social Club – events and subsidised trips open to all employees.
  • Refer a Friend – If you ‘refer a friend’ for a role at BCS and they are successful, you would receive £750 after 6 months and further £750 after 12 months (conditions apply)
  • Life Insurance paid at four times base salary from day one.
  • Group Income Protection Insurance – an insurance which will pay a percentage of your salary for up to 3 years in the event of a long-term illness preventing you from working. This benefit is subject to a claim assessment and only payable if certain conditions are met.
  • BCS Stars – the internal recognition scheme based on the company values. Employees can be nominated across the business to earn points to spend on an online shopping platform.
  • EAP – Employee Assistance Programme (Counselling, financial and legal advice).

Post probation

  • Holiday buying scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Health cash plan
How to apply

Please send your CV with a covering letter to