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Computing At School celebrates launch of 200th CAS Hub

Computing At School (CAS) - part of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT - is celebrating the launch of its 200th CAS hub at Norlington School and 6th Form in Waltham Forest, London.

CAS is a grassroots organisation which supports school teachers throughout England who are responsible for delivering the computing curriculum. CAS hubs are run by volunteers (teachers) at their schools and are generally twilight sessions so that teachers from neighbouring schools are able to attend.

The new hub will provide free support to local primary and secondary school computer science teachers - giving them the opportunity to develop their subject knowledge and share their own experiences of teaching computing.

Since its launch back in 2008, the CAS network has grown rapidly and currently has over 20,000 IT professionals, teachers, educators and academics who are keen to ensure that students get the best possible computer science education in their schools.

There are 10 university partners (CAS Regional Centres) involved in the scheme including: Newcastle, York, Lancaster, Manchester, Birmingham City, Nottingham Trent, Hertfordshire, Queen Mary / Kings College London, Southampton and Plymouth.

CAS has delivered 6.000 hours of Continued Professional Development for teachers across England in the last year.

Simon Humphreys, Coordinator, Computing At School, says: “We are delighted that Norlington School and 6th Form has become a CAS Hub and will be providing much needed support to teachers in the area. The launch of Waltham Forest - our 200th hub - is a significant milestone in CAS’s history.”

The new hub leader, Demetrios Skamiotis, Head of Computer Science at Norlington School and 6th Form says: “We are very excited about the launch of the Waltham Forest CAS hub. It will provide vital face to face support for ICT and computing teachers - giving them a relaxed, informal place to meet and share ideas, resources, receive training and get up to date computing information, advice and support. Our meetings will be run by teachers - for teachers. We are planning a lively programme of activities and CPD, and look forward to welcoming local teachers to the group. As a CAS lead school; part of the Network of Excellence; with a specialist status in Computing we can offer a good base of expertise to the Hub.”

To find out more: 

Email: walthamforestcashub@computingatschool.org.uk
Website: http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/hubs/204

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