New to subject leadership in primary school computing session 1, 2 and 3

- 17:15
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers

This programme is designed for primary teachers who have recently taken on responsibilities and leadership for technology and computing. It will cover curriculum planning, tools and resources, methods for supporting colleagues and progression and assessment. Colleagues will be expected to attend all three sessions. The third session will be held in a school and will include classroom visits.

Further details for sessions 2 and 3 to follow:

Session 2: 9.30-11.30am Thursday 27 January (virtual)

Session 3: TBC (in person)

New to subject leadership in primary school computing session 1, 2 and 3

"CLC is the best technical and curriculum support team I have worked with in the 15 years I have been involved in education."

Deputy head and computing subject leader,
St Jude’s CofE Primary

"It has given me teaching ideas to explore further and as a Head rather than Computing Lead (though I will be both for a while next year!) it is good it get some insight into the role of Computing Lead."

London Christian School

"I have had the best morning for ages -really stimulating and useful and it has reminded me how much I don't know and want to learn more about. Thank you so much."

Inclusion advisor (ex computing subject leader),
Croydon Local Authority

"Comfortable open discussion, led by the needs of those attending. Loads of useful resources available."

Computing subject leader,
St Leonard's C of E Primary

"Having the expertise of Sarah Horrocks and Louise Wade and their confident specialist delivery. Their links with schools who are already using online tools and the timely nature of the course during lockdown supported me and inspired me enormously. I immediately shared with my Deputy Headteacher and SLT and with another Senior Leader in Lambeth who has shared with her Manager about the outstanding work that CLC does. "

Class teacher, Selhurst & Crosfield Nursery School Croydon

"CPD offered is always of a high-quality and it always enhances the attendee’s ability to further their understanding or pedagogy of a subject or focus area. "

School Business Manager,
The Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overie

"The CLC always ensure the content of their CPD and workshops is current, engaging and robust; challenging the objectives of the National Curriculum and ensuring that we as teachers give children the experiences they deserve and the opportunity to become digital learners "

Computing subject leader,
Telferscot Primary School

"Our staff, across the curriculum, have gained knowledge and expertise which has made their role easier in terms of time and technological strategies to enhance learning in their subject."

Deputy head and computing subject leader,
St Jude’s CofE Primary

Having attended this programme, teachers will:

  • have a clear understanding of the role of the computing subject leader.
  • be able to create a school action plan to support their computing and digital strategy
  • be part of a collaborative and supportive community of fellow computing leads.
  • be confident to support colleagues’ professional development in computing and the use of digital technologies across the curriculum.
  • be aware of practices in other schools and benefit from professional dialogue.


To include an overview of the responsibilities of the computing subject leader.

Session 2
Follow-up session exploring assessment and progression plus a practical computer science session.

Session 3
Facilitated school visit.

Upcoming CPD

Computing and Online safety conference for primary schools
Computing and Online safety conference for primary schools

Diving deep into all things computing, this conference will consist of two sessions. Participants can choose to join us for the full day, or book for just the morning or afternoon separately.

Online Safety & Data Security (am)
This session is for computing subject leaders, senior leaders, safeguarding leads and other relevant school staff. Falling in the lead up to Safer Internet Day 2022 (Tuesday 8 February), the morning of the conference will have a particular focus on online safety, bringing together a variety of external resources with expertise from within the CLC team to help schools get to grips with the complexities of online safety and data security.

Leading Computing in the Classroom (pm)
This portion of the day is for computing subject leaders and teachers interested in the use of technologies across the curriculum. It will include policy and curriculum updates as well as practical workshops and opportunities to hear from colleagues in other schools.

- 15:30
Business leaders, Computing subject leaders...
English and digital technology forum for primary schools
English and digital technology forum for primary schools

Learn how technology can help children develop their ideas, express themselves, share a love of literature and review and reflect on their work using a range of digital tools. This forum, for English subject leaders and teachers interested in using technology to enhance their pupils’ learning, will combine practical activities, group discussion and expert input from CLC practitioners. We will share findings from some of our research projects and explore the resources developed by partner organisations. Topics covered within this session will also address the challenges and solutions for schools within the context of blended learning.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...
Doing more with Scratch in Key Stage 2 computing
Doing more with Scratch in Key Stage 2 computing

Scratch is CLC’s go-to tool for teaching KS2 computing in a way that is flexible, encourages creativity and provides the complexity to challenge pupils and teachers alike. Scratch is also well suited to blended learning. This session will help teachers gain a more detailed understanding of Scratch, including some of the new features available in Scratch 3. It will link these new skills to some of the big ideas in computing, with classroom activities that exemplify these links.

- 11:30
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Science and digital technology forum for primary schools
Science and digital technology forum for primary schools

CLC’s science forum is an opportunity for primary science subject leaders to share their expertise and work with a London CLC tutor to investigate a range of digital technologies that can support science teaching and learning in class and at home. The open forum format allows teachers to discuss a range of issues, and share their ideas and solutions. The discussion will be followed by a CLC-led practical session, which will demonstrate how pupils can use digital technology to research, test and present scientific ideas.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
- 14:25

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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