[London] Primary computing CPD events coming up this Spring

Obviously there’s our CAS London Conference on 24 February 2018 (for both primary and secondary teachers) but the following may interest too.

1 Feb 2018: How to use Scratch at KS2 with Nic Hughes – two afternoon sessions, one from 1.30-3.30pm and one from 4-6pm, both £40.

7 Feb 2018: BBC micro:bit in computing, 1 day – ENTHUSE funding available to make this a FREE course.

10 Feb 2018: Makey Makey – 1 day course –  only £15 with Tom Heck from the US Makey team, includes a free Makey Makey

28 February 2018: Teach Algorithms and Data Structures to A-Level using Python 2018 – 5 week twilight course for teachers of A level computer science.
Course now FULLY BOOKED. Contact Jo for a place on the waiting list.

from 5 March 2018: Diving deep for Primary Programming with Jane Waite – only £100 and FREE for Master Teachers, CAS Hub leader and NoE University Contacts. Three day course over two months. [5 March, 19 March and 16 April]

15-16 March: Assessment and progression in primary computing with Phil Bagge – 2 day course – ENTHUSE funding available to make this a FREE course.

[London] Makey Makey Workshop at King’s – 10 Feb (£15)

Happy New Year everyone!

We have a new one-day CPD event for teachers on Saturday 10th February taking place at King’s College London from 9.30am to 5pm, £15 (this includes a Makey Makey to take home).

Eventbrite registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/makey-makey-workshop-with-tom-heck-from-the-makey-team-tickets-42037489262

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This is a fabulous opportunity to learn about making with the Makey Makey from Tom Heck. A train the trainer event for educators who expect to teach others on introducing STEM through physical computing with the Makey Makey.

Welcome and afternoon tea/coffee will be provided but to keep costs down please bring your own lunch. Please also bring a laptop! (See further info on lunch and laptops below)


  • 9:30 – 10:00     Registration and Refreshments (tea/coffee & breakfast pastry)
  • 10:00 – 12:00   Morning Session
  • 12:00 – 1:00     Lunch – please bring your own, or pop out for a sandwich
  • 1:00 – 5:00       Afternoon session (includes a tea/coffee break)
  • 5:00                  Close

Really important bit about laptops
Please bring your own laptop. Everyone needs to bring a laptop and their charging cable. The following computers work well: Chromebook, Mac, Windows, Linux. Do not bring tablets because they will not work. Regardless of the kind of laptop used, it must have the ability to plugin a USB “type A” plug – these are the most common type of USB plugs and it’s how the Makey Makey is connected to a computer. Some new laptops don’t accept a USB type A plug so the user must supply their own adaptor (“dongle”).NOTE: If you have a school issued laptop please check with your IT people to make sure your laptop will work with a Makey Makey!

Lunch options
Waterloo station is full of snack places, Benugo upstairs, M&S downstairs, outside the station there are Sainsbury’s and Tesco types of mini-supermarket.