From ICT to the Computing curriculum and ensuring the classroom is diverse and inclusive.
We are currently in the fourth industrial revolution. To enable the population to function effectively now and to prepare future generations with the skills required for new jobs, Computing was introduced as a new subject on the national curriculum to schools in September 2014. Following this introduction, the Royal Society has recently issued a report (Nov 2017) on "The state computing education in the UK".
In her talk, Beverly will reflect on and share her experiences of managing a department through change from the ICT to Computing curriculum, experiences of ensuring that the classroom is diverse and inclusive, areas such as increasing the uptake of girls into Computing, LGBT pupils, SEN pupils and other groups, while ensuring that pupils make progress. She will also look at the recent recommendations from the Royal Society report and consider the impact this will have in schools, along with the processes and strategies that will now be adopted.
Beverly will talk about her personal experiences as a woman who has balanced a career with family life, while succeeding in the field of Computing and changing career from working in corporate IT to being a teacher of Computing. She will also discuss the role that organisations such as Computing At School (CAS) and the BCS have played in her professional development and that of teachers nationwide.
About the speaker
Beverly started her computing career working in IT support for a county council, this was followed by further roles in IT support for corporate IT companies. Having grown up in different countries, she did not see a computer until she was twelve. She embraces the computing curriculum as a guide for developing all of our futures nationally and globally, and is a keen proponent of computational thinking. She is a former secondary school teacher and Director of Computing. Beverly is now an Author, Education Consultant and Computing At School (CAS) Outreach Support for the South West region. Her book- “Computer Science Teacher - insight into the computing classroom”, was published in August.
As well as being a qualified teacher, Beverly is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and is National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) qualified. She is the subject matter expert for BBC Bitesize videos on Computational Thinking, and specialises in the Key Stage 3 element of the new Computing curriculum.
Within schools, Beverly has successfully led departments, been seconded to “Sharing of Best Practice teams” and managed whole school projects. She also works with BCS - Chartered Institute for IT, writing subject material and delivering workshops to trainee teachers.
She has spoken at a variety of conferences such as Surrey Subject Leaders, numerous Computing At School (CAS) hub meetings, the Future Sync Conference and at the CAS South West Regional Conference.