News & Updates

Throughout computing, and in particular programming, there are many technical terms with precise technical meanings. This can frame expert knowledge as inaccessible to novice learners. Using semantic waves is one way to support novice learners in computing.

13 February 2020

The National Centre for Computing Education has announced a further four schools/colleges that have been successful in their application to become Computing Hubs.

13 February 2020

An exciting announcement today: as part of our ongoing work and support for the National Centre for Computing Education, we have launched a new rewards programme that will see us give away 4,000 Raspberry Pi 4 kits over the next three years!

05 February 2020

With technology changing the way we live, learn and work, our chair Simon Peyton Jones spoke at Bett about the need for a different approach to the teaching of computing in the classroom.

29 January 2020

In this month's Teach Computing Podcast, we explore some practical strategies that not only support SEND students but improve accessibility for all learners.

23 January 2020

Steve Clarke, Senior Education Lead (Computing), introduces Subject Matter Experts, explains what their role is, and who is eligible for support.

22 January 2020

We've released a new way to measure your students' understanding of the A level syllabus on the Isaac Computer Science platform. It's called the Class Progress Tool.

21 January 2020

Are you attending this year's Bett Show (22-25 January)? Come and find out about the programmes and resources we offer first hand.

17 January 2020

A learner's first experience of a solution to a programming problem may in fact be the final program, polished, complete and error free. Live Coding is one approach to exposing learners to the full process of programming.

14 January 2020

We are committed to helping A level teachers and students get the most out of Computer Science. That’s why we have just released 10 new topics — 27 in total — on our platform.

08 January 2020

Like many other teachers, I regularly used multiple choice questions in quizzes and tests, and viewed them primarily as a means of assessment. Peer Instruction turns this view on its head and instead uses multiple choice questions for teaching.

19 December 2019

In this month's Teach Computing podcast we focus on the challenges facing Computing educators and some of the ways in which teachers can get support.

17 December 2019

Hello! This is a quick post to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped Isaac Computer Science to have such an amazing first year. You are all awesome, and we are excited to be working with you to develop this programme further.

16 December 2019

Computer science is a growing GCSE subject, presenting opportunities for teachers looking to develop their career across the curriculum. Dave Gibbs looks at opportunities for non-specialists, including our new course ‘Introduction to GCSE Computer Science’.

03 December 2019

In this month's Teach Computing podcast we’ve decided to focus a whole episode on a single aspect of pedagogy and how it applies to teaching computing.

28 November 2019

Watch our new film, 'NCCE: the story so far'. To mark our anniversary, we've been to Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Swindon and Cambridge to find out what teachers think about our programme.

27 November 2019

Our full suite of Key Stage 3 and GCSE level subject knowledge assessments are now available, and are free for use by any teacher and their students.

20 November 2019

Collaborative working is effective in many curriculum areas, but a structured pair programming approach can support learners to develop programs and problem solve more successfully.

14 November 2019

Today, we are opening general recruitment for the programme. This means that all primary and secondary schools in England can now take part in the upcoming trials in this landmark programme.

11 November 2019

Longitude Explorer Prize is open to secondary schools and youth groups across the UK, to enter teams of 11-16 year olds with ideas for tech that will help improve the world around them.

05 November 2019

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the National Centre for Computing Education. To celebrate, we're taking a look back at some of the highlights from the past year, as well as giving you a chance to find out we've got planned for our anniversary week.

04 November 2019

We’re following up our inaugural episode’s exploration of the reasons for teaching computing with a discussion about what we mean when we talk about ‘computing’.

18 October 2019

At the National Centre for Computing Education we want to capture the views of Computing teachers on the front line. So over the next month, we are running our first National Centre teacher survey to understand the how Computing is being delivered in your school.

16 October 2019

Worked examples are a tool commonly used in a range of subjects including Maths & Science to support novice learners. By studying worked examples alongside the completion of traditional practice problems, learners are exposed to the problem solving process as well as frequently applied techniques. A well constructed worked example:

10 October 2019

We are pleased to announce the first part of our autumn/winter programme of Isaac Computer Science events for students and teachers. There are a number of different events happening all over the country — book your place at an event near you today!

09 October 2019

We are excited to announce the launch of a comprehensive new assessment suite for Key Stage 3 computing and GCSE computer science.

02 October 2019

We are working to create a comprehensive Resource Repository for you: a collection of over 500 hours of teaching materials to help you with the delivery of the entire computing curriculum from Key Stages 1 to 4 in England.

30 September 2019

Following on from the highly anticipated Google graduation, roving reporter (and Programme Manager) Claire Arbery reflects on her highlights of the day.

24 September 2019

Venetia Howard reflects on how far she has come as a teacher and the sense of purpose and community she enjoyed at the CS Accelerator Google graduation

19 September 2019

After proudly achieving the Computer Science Accelerator Certificate, Spencer Organ is looking forward to having an impact on his students' learning

18 September 2019

Watch our new video, which sets out the vision for the National Centre for Computing Education, as narrated by Simon Peyton Jones.

17 September 2019

Busy teachers don’t always have the time to access, read, and assimilate pedagogy research into evidence-based practices, let alone begin to implement these practices in their classrooms. To help, we’re developing a series of bite-sized Pedagogy Quick Reads.

12 September 2019

English teacher Julie Simmons has taken a new chapter in her career, moving to teaching GCSE computer science through the CS Accelerator course

11 September 2019

We are delighted to co-launch Isaac Computer Science, a new online platform for teachers and students of A level Computer Science.

09 September 2019

With the return of #CASChat taking place on Tuesday 10 September, Steve Clarke explains more about the weekly chat forum, and why you should get involved this year.

05 September 2019

A recent participant on the NCCE CS Accelerator course to improve teaching of computer science at GCSE level, Ahsan Ashraf explains the ‘amazing’ benefit of working with other computer science teachers

05 September 2019

Having recently attended our NCCE summer school, secondary teacher Leroy David talks about the benefits of blended CPD and collaborating with peers to develop new techniques.

02 September 2019

Entries to GCSE computer science have increased in 2019, for the sixth year in succession, indicating a growth in popularity for the subject

22 August 2019

Maths and computer science teacher Kasim Rashid, from north London, explains how attending an NCCE summer school in York enhanced his GCSE computer science teaching and even had an impact on other subjects.

15 August 2019

The NCCE is delighted to launch a further seven Computing Hubs, taking the total number to 30 and increasing the geographical reach of the programme.

31 July 2019

Every teacher understands that how you teach is as important as what you teach. Here, James Robinson describes the NCCE's plans to support teachers of Computing who are interested in pedagogical strategies and evidence-based teaching.

24 July 2019

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, Claire Arbery talks about the vital role of computer science in helping young people to become pioneers of new technology.

22 July 2019

Moving from teaching music to teaching computer science may not seem the most natural step, but Helen Brant has successfully made the leap, with help from the National Centre for Computing Education’s Computer Science Accelerator Programme.

16 July 2019

We are running a series of summer schools for teachers looking to enhance their GCSE computer science subject knowledge ready for the next academic year.

11 July 2019

Paul Thornton explains why including computing as part of the curriculum is so important to young people and society

09 July 2019

Wendy MacLeod, CAS Community Outreach Manager and Primary School Teacher, demonstrates how CAS communities of practice can help you develop your network and access support in your local community

08 July 2019

Teachers who graduate from the Computer Science Accelerator Programme by 31 July are being offered the opportunity to graduate at Google this September.

03 July 2019

The NCCE has announced 23 schools and colleges who will be leading Computing Hubs in their area.

02 July 2019

Dave Gibbs explains why our human needs are key when it comes to teaching computing and the latest technology

25 June 2019

Steve Clarke, Senior Education Lead for Computing, explains how the NCCE can support your school with computing and with the new Ofsted framework

21 June 2019

Gender Balance in Computing - register your interest for our first project!

11 June 2019

James Robinson, Senior Learning Manager at Raspberry Pi, tells us about the benefits of volunteering in the community

05 June 2019

We are developing new resources for primary and secondary schools. These resources include schemes of work, lesson plans, activities, and assessments.

04 June 2019

In response to recent press coverage around coding in schools, our Chair Simon Peyton Jones explains why teaching children to write programs is of central importance.

03 June 2019

We have just published a brochure about our professional development programme for teachers of GCSE computer science.

23 May 2019

As part of our work as the National Centre for Computing Education, we are excited to reveal that we’ve been awarded £2.4m for a new research project to investigate what works for engaging more girls in computing.

30 April 2019

We spoke to Richard Smith, who has recently become a course facilitator for the National Centre for Computing Education, about his experience of delivering CPD.

24 April 2019

We are delighted to announce our first regional delivery network, which has been established to support our vision of a world-leading computing education for every young person in England.

04 April 2019

Last week we celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which prompted me to reflect on the experiences and factors that led me to study STEM subjects at A level.

01 April 2019

The A-Level programme element of the National Centre for Computing Education will provide comprehensive support to teachers and students in England for AS/A level computer science.

23 January 2019

Less than three months from the official announcement of the creation of the Centre, we have released our first major set of features to allow users to begin their journey with us.

22 January 2019