Network of Excellence (NoE)

CAS’s Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science (NoE) is a national community of professional practice, a partnership between schools, universities, IT employers and professional bodies.

It is funded through a DfE grant to BCS, and provides teachers with opportunities for continuing professional development through formal training events, Hub meetings, coaching, mentoring, peer observation and partnering, conferences and remote support. Such activities generate a wide range of teaching resources, available as downloads from the CAS website.

Master Teachers, Hub Leaders and Lead Schools all play important roles in the NoE, as do the ten CRCs (CAS Regional Centres) based at ten English universities: Plymouth, Southampton, King’s College London / Queen Mary University of London, Hertfordshire, Nottingham Trent, Birmingham City, York, Manchester, Lancaster and Newcastle.

CAS’s reports to the DfE have highlighted very encouraging results, but these should be taken in the context of a network that does not have anything like the capacity required to reach all schools. In general there remains a huge gap in expertise across the workforce of computing teachers. There is a huge shortfall in the number of computing teachers, and the number of teachers leaving the profession is not being replenished at a sufficient rate.

Network of Excellence