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More events and hub meetings are constantly being added so please keep an eye on our regional events page here.
Dear CAS member,

2017 - 2018

We hope you had a restful break and have had a great start to the new academic year.
Please take a moment to read through this newsletter (best opened in your browser).
We have lots planned over the coming months and we add even more events as requests come in so keep an eye on our regional webpage. 
We have decided to organise conferences in other areas of the region for this autumn term and are proud to offer conferences in conjunction with Chester University and Liverpool Hope University.
We are delighted to offer lots of different workshops covering different key stages and are suitable for teachers of any experience.
We are charging £10 for the conference will all monies raised to be used to purchase equipment for Master Teachers to support teaching and learning in either the Chester or Liverpool region.
Chester Conference
Saturday 21st October 2017
Find the details of workshops here -

Click HERE to book your place at Chester University.
Liverpool Conference
Saturday 11th November2017
Find the details of workshops here -

Click HERE to book your place at Liverpool Hope University.

More CPD for teachers

Barefoot, CodeClub and CAS Manchester join forces to present

Due to popular demand another 'From unplugged to plugged and beyond' has been organised by Barefoot, CodeClub and CAS Manchester.
Book here for this FREE event Monday 5th February 2018
Diving Deep into Primary Programming
at The University of Manchester

Already experienced at programming in your primary school? Do you want to dig a bit deeper with your pupils? Then this day course is for you!
This is an advanced course on pedagogy and progression for teaching programming to primary aged pupils.
Numerous events in the North West are advertised on our web page and can be booked here.
Here are a few highlights:-

Master Teacher Jamie Edmondson presents
An introduction to the BBC Micro:Bit Tuesday, Sep 12 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Pedagogical approaches to ComputingTuesday, Sep 19 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM
An introduction to Kodu Tuesday, Oct 3 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM

Many of you may have read about the ambitious project to support the teaching of Computer Science in Malawi.  This pilot project aimed to deliver Computer Science education to schools in central Africa, through a team of University of Manchester staff and students, and UK schoolteachers. The project was hosted by the charity Ripple Africa.
You can read all about the adventures of Project Malawi here.
Schools, schoolteachers and schoolchildren across a wide range of ages were enthusiastic about the programme and, despite limited or no exposure to computing equipment, schoolchildren quickly engaged with the activities, including developing ‘computational thinking’ and programming in Scratch and Python.
Plans are underway to continue this engagement with education in Malawi. The pilot makes it clear that it is both feasible and worthwhile, and also directions in which it should be developed.

Here are some upcoming events around the region where you will be able to join the team in some great activities. 

Hack Manchester is a 2 day event running at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. This is something you may want to make your pupils aware of. 'Young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore the possibilities of technology in an informal and creative environment. It's a great opportunity to meet like minded people, experts and potential future employers!'
Bookings can be accessed here -
CAS #include is a group of teachers, academics and professionals who are passionate about giving ALL students the opportunity to study Computing regardless of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, SEN or disabilities. We are a subsidiary of Computing At School. Take part in diversity discussions on the CAS Community Forum.We support the inclusive teaching of Computing and Computer Science at all Key Stages across the UK. We do this by creating resources and facilitating events for students, educators, academics and industry professionals.
If you would like to know more and to get involved visit the website -

CS Resources

There are lots of resources available to support the teaching of CS. We are not endorsing these resources just thought we would highlight a couple of free ones that you may or may not have come across. Click on the titles to find out more.

CAS London - our colleagues over at CAS London have a website brimming with brilliant resources.

Turing lab "offers an online learning platform that can be used in classes as a fun and engaging way to teach pupils how to code. The content has recently been mapped to the KS3 and GCSE computing curriculum with the help of experts at Ada National College for Digital Skills."

Computing Textbook - "Computing Textbook is a free online textbook for computing students and their teachers. It is suitable for students aged 11 - 16. The textbook combines some of the best computing resources on the internet with original ideas and activities to form a full curriculum from Year 7 to Year 11."

(Hello World) The computing and digital making magazine for educators.
Are there any CPD opportunities that you would like us to offer?
Get in touch and let us know here.
Master Teachers
We are actively recruiting Master Teachers for our region. 
Are you interested?
If you are a member of CAS click here to find out more.
If you are not yet a member click here to join - it is FREE!

CAS North West Manchester hubs

CAS hubs are the perfect opportunity to meet colleagues, share ideas receive support and training.

Why hubs? Read all about them here.
Where is your nearest hub? Enter your postcode here and find out
No hub near you? Have you thought about becoming a hub leader? Read about the importance of hubs here.
Express your interest in becoming a hub leader here or for an informal chat drop us an email

Coming Soon

As you can see there are lots of plans afoot for 2017-2018.
However we do need to hear from YOU! What support and events would you like? Please get in contact and we can help - and if we can't we will know someone who can!
Keep checking the regional website for updates, especially the Upcoming Events section on the right hand side - scroll down to the bottom of this section and click on all events, this will help you see the whole year.
Regional Website : CAS North West Manchester

Contact Us

Twitter: @CAS_Manchester
Regional Website : CAS North West Manchester
National Website: Computing At School
Our mailing address is:
CAS North West: Manchester, School of Computing Science, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester. M13 9PL.

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