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Mathematics and Science Learning Centre

Computer science courses for PGCE/ITT trainees

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As the Regional Delivery Partner for the NCCE we are offering a DfE funded programme of support for computer science for PGCE/ITT trainees between until August 2021.

The project has so far delivered computing professional development courses to primary and secondary teachers across the UK.  Now the programme is being made available to computer science PGCE trainees (specialists), PGCE trainees in other subject areas (non-specialists), and primary PGCE trainees. There will be at least two separate pathways for these groups. We hope that this will provide solutions or enhancements to the ongoing support that HEIs are already providing for their trainees.

Due to the current situation the courses will be delivered through remote training provision via live digital sessions, in addition to existing online course content. Any future face to face courses will be listed HERE. The RDP offer is the Computer Science Accelerator Programme. To find out more about the support offered read the NCCE blog.

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Computer Science Accelerator Programme

Trainees are required to complete the training and pass the online test in order to achieve the Teach GCSE computer science certificate. The number of hours of training required will depend on the individual trainee, and whether a specialist or non-specialist – this can be a combination of remote interactive sessions (delivered by a facilitator through Adobe Connect) and online (Futurelearn) courses. The minimum number of hours is 10 (two courses, including one remote), at which point the test will go live. Participants who pass the test will be able to download and print their certificate from the Teach Computing website. 

There are eight remote courses available:

There is a £920 bursary to be paid to any state school which employs a NCCE certified NQT, hopefully making the NQT even more appealing to schools. Participants who gain certification will be eligible for the £920 bursary until they gain QTS and secure employment in a state funded school. They must then claim the bursary within one academic year. For the bursary payment, the school will need to email info@teachcomputing.org, to confirm the participant's employment and request the transfer of the bursary.

Our current list of courses and information on how to book can be found HERE. Alternatively if you would like to register your interest in the program you can complete our short iSurvey and we will get back to you.

Please feel free to get in touch by email if you have any questions about the programme mslc@southampton.ac.uk.

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