CAS South West Newsletter    November 2015
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Dear CAS member,


Our Purpose and Mission

Promoting and supporting excellence in computer science education: The mission of Computing At School is to provide leadership and strategic guidance to all those involved in Computing education in schools, with a significant but not exclusive focus on the Computer Science theme within the wider Computing curriculum. Excellence in the teaching of Computing can only be made by teachers through the way they deliver the skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes associated with the curriculum. 

Through the participation of the wider community we seek to support and empower each other in an inclusive and self-sustaining body so that each child has the opportunity of an outstanding computer science education.  CAS achieves this by supporting and promoting all those individuals, partner organisations, companies, and university departments who wish to run CAS regional hubs, put on CPD courses, generate teaching resources etc. that support the Computing curriculum.

Meet The Team


Regional Centre Launch
The CAS South West Regional Centre launch welcomed 38 teachers from across the region.  There were a number of workshops run by different Master Teachers from around the region prior to a networking lunch.  The afternoon welcomed Dr Jo Twist who gave an inspiring talk which can now be seen on the CAS Regional Centre SW Youtube channel -  We were also delighted to welcome Shahneila Saeed from the Digital Schoolhouse who showcased some of their activities.

Hour of Code
Please take a look at Simon Humphrey’s posting on the “Hour of Code” week from 7th December:  You need to be signed up to be officially registered: There’s a gift card for all organisers too!

Barefoot Computing SEN Resources
The Barefoot Computing Project has released 3 taster activities which focus on developing computational thinking core skills in a fun, accessible way and can be easily adapted by teachers. We are currently developing more resources for less able pupils which will be available soon.

Network of Excellence

The Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science (NoE) is both a network of professionals working together and a wide-reaching programme of professional development, including many more aspects than simple provision of training courses. The NoE is based on striving for quality in teaching through a community of practice that involves local, face-to-face, peer-to-peer delivery.

Message for Hub Leaders
If you would like help in setting up your hub meetings on the CAS website and Eventbrite, then please email and we can sort this out for you.

IET Faraday Challange Days 2016 

The 2015/16 season of Faraday Challenge Days will be based around the BBC micro:bit devices and have been designed to introduce Year 7 students to coding and get them interested in this area so that they can move onto other, more complex devices in future.

We have been given the opportunity to hold a challenge day within the University Campus on Friday 13th May 2016.                       
The devices will be distributed nationwide by the BBC from January 2016 and we would like to invite your school to take part in this exciting project. Students should be 11-12 year olds (England Year 7, Scotland S1, Northern Ireland Year 8), and will work in teams. Students will need to ensure they bring along their own micro:bit device to code. Schools can register to receive these devices at the following link:

Six local schools will be invited to take part in this experience and we would like to invite your school to enter a team. Each team will be made up of six students from year 7. Ideally two students from science, two from design and technology and two from maths.

We would like the students to be identified as those who have made the greatest progress over the last 12 months or those who you consider would benefit the most from this opportunity. A staff member will need to be available to escort the students for the entire day. The day will run from 9.30am – 3.00pm, with scheduled breaks during the day. Teams and teachers need to arrive at the University for 9.00am.

If you wish to enter a team please email as soon as possible.

Forthcoming Events 

Wednesday 9th December 2015 12.30 - 16.00
Python for OCR Computing
Mounts Bay Academy, Cornwall.
£50 per ticket. Book here.

Thursday 3rd December 16.00 - 18.00
CAS Swindon Hub Meeting
Commonweal School, Swindon
Free. Book here.
Our mailing address is:
CAS South West, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA. Telephone: 01752 586209

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