Computing At School (CAS)

A key part of the Academy is CAS (Computing At School), a grassroots organisation with a wide membership that includes teachers, examiners, university academics and representatives from industry and professional societies.

Membership of CAS is free and open to adults with an interest in computing education. More information can be found on the CAS website, but its main activities include:

  • supporting computing teachers with materials, training, local hubs, newsletters and networking opportunities;
  • acting as a subject association for computing teachers;
  • working with institutions on the design of computing curricula and qualifications;
  • advocacy at national policy level regarding computing education.

CAS has helped to change the statutory curriculum, and the name has changed from ICT to Computing. Computer science is now included as the fourth science in the EBacc school performance measure.

With funding from the Department for Education (DfE), its Network of Excellence (NoE) is providing computing teachers in England with opportunities for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The Academy also receives funding from the Scottish Government to provide CPD opportunities for teachers in Scotland. Future plans include extending the NoE into Wales.