Dartford Grammar School awarded Computer Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education
Dartford Grammar School is delighted to announce that it has become one of the first schools in England to be awarded official Computer Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), in order to provide support for primary and secondary computing teachers in schools across Kent.
Dartford Grammar School is one of the first 23 Computing Hubs across England and will be a focal point for local computing training for schools, and will also form links with industry and universities. This exciting initiative will have an additional focus on girls and those in disadvantaged areas.
Commenting on the news, John Oakes, Headmaster said: “Dartford Grammar School is delighted to be working with the NCCE and 23 other schools in this new, exciting and important national initiative.. As an existing national Hub of Excellence for the delivery of Modern Foreign Languages, we have experience of working with other schools to provide support, to create opportunities to listen and share ideas to overcome curriculum and pedagogical challenges. This project, with a clear and appropriate focus on CPD and the development of Computer Science skills, is an important opportunity to build greater capacity in schools for the delivery of a rich Computer Science curriculum and the creation of a manageable digital strategy. Dartford Grammar School has now recruited a strong team of Computer Science specialists, ready to provide bespoke CPD and specialist training from Key Stages 2 to 5, and we look forward to working with a range of new partner schools and the NCCE in the future.”
The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) was established in November 2018 with up to £84 million of Government funding and was supported by a further £1 million from Google to develop training for secondary school computing teachers. The Government’s decision to substantially invest in computer science in schools followed a Royal Society report, After the Reboot, which showed computing education across the UK was patchy and fragile. It called for action to be taken in a swift and coordinated way by government, industry, and non-profit organisations. The NCCE is funded by the Department for Education and is being delivered by a consortium of STEM Learning, Raspberry Pi Foundation and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.