• School initiative launches 200th hub

The Computing at School (CAS) initiative organised by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has launched its 200th computer hub at Norlington School and 6th Form in Waltham Forest, London.

The new hub will provide a space for primary and secondary ICT teachers to develop their own subject knowledge and share good practice in teaching computing. All support offered is free of charge and sessions are usually run in the evening by volunteers.

The CAS network has gained 20,000 members since it was launched in 2008. It currently works with ten university partners: Newcastle, York, Lancaster, Manchester, Birmingham City, Nottingham Trent, Hertfordshire, Queen Mary/Kings College London, Southampton and Plymouth.

Demetrios Skamiotis, head of computer science at Norlington School and 6th Form, said: “We are very excited about the launch of the Waltham Forest CAS hub. It will provide vital face to face support for ICT and computing teachers – giving them a relaxed, informal place to meet and share ideas, resources, receive training and get up to date computing information, advice and support. Our meetings will be run by teachers - for teachers.

“We are planning a lively programme of activities, and look forward to welcoming local teachers to the group.”