CSA and NCCE celebration event - Newcastle upon Tyne CJ334 / D01

Start date
8 Jul 22
3 Hours
Urban Sciences Building, 1 Science Square, Newcastle Helix,, Newcastle NE4 5TG View on Google Map


A series of regional celebration events taking place in July 2022, these events are exclusively for graduates of the Computer Science Accelerator programme and Primary certificate. 

These events have been designed by our network of Computing Hubs in close collaboration with regional industry, stakeholders and partners, and will all be unique and exciting in their own way. 

They provide an opportunity for CSA graduates to meet and celebrate with one another, recognising their achievements and dedication to professional development, and wider impact as a result. 


10:00 - Arrival

10:30 - Welcome/Introduction

10:40 - CPD session

12:00 - Lunch

12:45 - CSA Success Stories

          - Guest Speaker: Tony Platten - founder of North East business Tynetec and Chairman of Blyth Spartans football club

          - Next Steps Beyond CSA

1:45 - Depart


There will be an option to attend 1 of 4 free CPD events:

1. GCSE+ / A-Level Computer Science - Beyond the CSA
For many of us, the CSA is the starting point on our journey into teaching computer science. When we have the opportunity, there are possibilities beyond the basic knowledge that lets us stay 'one page ahead' of the students.
This session will cover:
  • The NCCE courses that contain 'more advanced' subject knowledge, pedagogy and leadership. (Including a 'taster' from one such course.)
  • The ISAAC Computer science resources for both GCSE and A-Level across all exam boards.
  • Additional resources, courses and events that supplement a full computing curriculum.

2. Python programming on the Raspberry Pi with Minecraft 

This hands-on session uses some of the physical computing kit from the hubs and will show how to make Python fun using the popular game Minecraft, which is provided free on the Raspberry Pi. 

Learn how to use programming constructs, variables and functions to make things happen in Minecraft. You will be given access to free teaching resources to help you recreate this in your own classroom, to support students. 

3. Leading a Computing Department and preparing for Ofsted 

With a focus on preparing evidence for Ofsted this session analyses the path to building an outstanding computing department focusing upon: 

• Planning a curriculum with clear intent 

• Embedding ambition across a department 

• Focusing on diversity and inclusion  

• Analysing the national curriculum standards and expectations across the key stages  

• Reflecting upon your department using the quality framework tool.  

4. Computing in EYFS and KS1 using programmable toys

• A chance to play with a variety of toys that can support the curriculum.

• Ideas for planning for both EYFS and KS1 and how it can be used in other subjects.

• Network with other EYFS and KS1 teachers and share ideas.

Who is it for?

Graduates of the NCCE certificates.

Who is the course leader?


  • Celebrate your achievement in an inspiring location
  • Hear from a range of inspiring and influential keynote speakers
  • Connect with like-minded teachers and industry representatives
  • Receive a physical copy of your Subject knowledge certificate
  • Hear from other CSA graduates about how the programme has impacted them and their students
  • Access a range of opportunities that will benefit you and your students’ understanding of careers and skills related to computing
  • Discover further opportunities to engage with us
  • Hear what’s next for the National Centre for Computing Education


1 CSA celebration events 202208 July 202210:30-13:45Urban Sciences Building

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Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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