Through the required training and activities, you can gain the Subject Knowledge Certificate (accredited by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT).
The CSA menu of courses provides the CPD needed to help you gain the Subject Knowledge Certificate
There is an online test to complete in order to gain the Subject Knowledge Certificate
There are courses to suit all, from complete beginners, through to the most experienced and skilled of computing teachers and subject leaders.
The difficulty level of a course does not affect the accreditation. Accreditation is based on completed 1 x face-to-face course, 1 on-demand course, and 1 x live remote course + completion of an online test.
Examples of staff who can benefit from the CSA and gain the Subject Knowledge Certificate
Either return to this website to access our locally led courses (delivered by local PDLs), or you can stay on TeachComputing.org and filter the full range of on-demand, live remote and face-to-face courses led by Professional Development Leads from across the country. You can also mix and match.
The teachcomputing.org website has a Dashboard where you can track your progress towards the certificate.
For experienced computing teachers or department leads, or those who have completed the CSA, the Secondary Certificate provides the next level of accreditation.
We offer subsidies to provide two days of supply cover (£205 per day) for teachers to attend the Computer Science Accelerator (CSA) CPD, helping to develop teachers’ subject knowledge and skills without impacting pupils' lessons. This support is available to state-funded secondary schools and colleges in England.
This incentive payment is capped at two days of release per school in an academic year, which will support a teacher to complete the minimum required CPD to access the CSA test. The courses must be:
part of the Computer Science Accelerator pathway (CSA)
a minimum of 5 hours in a single day
This incentive can be used to fund supply teacher cover costs only; school leaders may be asked to confirm that a cover cost has been incurred. For any questions on eligibility, please email [email protected].
Trigger FREE support from the hub by using our Quickstart guide to the CQF (Computing Quality Framework).
Many schools are upskilling and deploying non-specialist teachers or teachers new to computing. Gaining the right support and CPD can help supercharge confidence, movitation and quality of delivery.
We specialise in helping:
Teachers from all subjects to transition to teaching computing, or add to their portfolio of teaching skills
Teachers across all key stages
Schools to introduce GCSE Computing
What to do now?
Register on the the CQF website to trigger FREE support (this takes about 10 minutes, following the instructions on the "Computing Quality Framework (Self-Review)" button on this page. The sections of the CQF will instantly help you to understand some of your own school or trust's needs more clearly. You do NOT need to complete the whole CQF review in detail at this stage.
Drop us a line at [email protected] and we'll put you in touch with an expert who can help you with the CQF (if you need), and support with any aspect of development
Choose whether to sign up directly for courses straight away whilst you're developing your self-review in more detail and communicating with a PDL (Professional Development Lead), or, sign up for courses based on the meeting you have with a PDL.
TIP: Many schools tend to enable staff to attend courses straight away, although the process of working through the CQF Self-Review and speaking with an expert PDL helps to shape a deeper, wider offer and build relationships with the PDL and other schools with similar needs over time.
Access face-to-face courses led by our local PDLs (Professional Development Leads) or use the search filters to view other courses. If you can't find what you need, just go to teachcomputing.org/courses for the full range of remote courses delivered by ours and other hubs.