After a national competitive process, Truro and Penwith College has been chosen to become one of the first providers 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 (11-19) computing teachers in schools in the area. Each school and college has been selected via a rigorous process that required them to demonstrate ‘expertise and commitment to computing education’.
Following on from its success within the new South West Institute of Technology and the exciting prospect of Cornwall’s first Spaceport, Truro and Penwith College is one of the first of 23 Computing Hubs across England and will be a focal point for local computing training for schools in Cornwall while also forming links with industries and universities.
Commenting on the news, Andy Stittle, Director of Teaching and Learning at the College, said: “We are delighted to be selected as one of the NCCE Computing Hubs, which follows on from the success of our Teaching School and Mathematics Hub. We look forward to supporting schools and colleges throughout the region in developing computer education while inspiring young people to consider one of the many exciting career opportunities in the field."
This will help address not only the national and worldwide skills shortage, but also the fast growing tech industry locally in Cornwall and Devon.
The NCCE was set up in November 2018 by the Department for Education to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A Level, particularly girls and those in disadvantaged areas, and to ensure that there is a strong pipeline of digital skills in England.
Chair of the NCCE, Professor Simon Peyton Jones, said: “It’s exciting to be announcing the first Hubs. They will be the local face of the National Centre, providing tailored support to all computing teachers (primary, secondary and colleges), to equip them to make the new computing curriculum into an inspirational reality in every classroom in the land.
"Our partnership with teachers is vital to our mission."
A single inspired, equipped, valued and supported teacher will influence tens or hundreds of children every day, and thousands over their career.