The University's School of Education will provide continuous professional development (CPD) in computer science, to teachers in local schools. The announcement comes after the team saw off competition for the £240,000 contract with National College of Computer Education.
The successful bid was led by Senior Lecturer Lynne Dagg, PGCE Computer Science Programme Leader in the School of Education. The project aims to help address the shortage of computing teachers by providing high-quality CPD training in schools.
The School of Education Team will work in partnership with colleagues from Northumberland County Council, North Tyneside Council and Knetic Sunderland to develop and deliver high quality Computing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to schools across the region.
The project will enable teachers in the Primary phase to access subject development in complex areas of the curriculum, including programming and algorithms and enable schools to enhance their KS1 provision in this area.
In the Secondary phase, the project will focus on developing teacher competence and confidence in GCSE Computing planning and delivery, with CPD being available to both experienced and non-specialist teachers.
Head of School of Education, Susan Edgar, commented “This is an exciting project which will put the University at the forefront of developing excellent teachers of computing across the region, which - in turn - will educate the next generation of computer scientists.”