Q. How do I choose a school / coder?
A. Look for someone near you that can help in the way you need or is at the level you want to help at. Then give them a call or send them an email. Simple!
Q. Can you help me contact a school / coder?
A. Sure, if you want help we have a number of regional coordinators. Check the list HERE and get in touch with the coordinator nearest you.
Q. What if we want the IT professional to help the pupils directly, do they need a police criminal record disclosure check (a CRB or DBS disclosure check)?
A. Yes. In the UK we recommend IT pros sign up as a STEM Ambassador with STEMNET. This is a STEM volunteering programme that provides support, training, and a free enhanced police disclosure check.
IMPORTANT: YOU MUST MANUALLY VERIFY THE DISCLOSURE STATUS OF THE INDIVIDUAL BEFORE ALLOWING ACCESS TO PUPILS.
Q. We are a school that already teaches computer science. Should we still sign up?
A. Yes. Other schools near you will be looking for guidance and best practice and we'd love to show the world that you are ahead of the curve!
Q. We have buddied up but how should we start?
A. The best place to start is to teach / learn how to code in any language. Let the coder choose their favourite language and start to build a confidence level.
Q. What should we do after learning a programming language?
A. There is a lot more to computing than just writing code, although that is obviously an important element. Have a look at the rest of the Computing at School computer science curriculum, which includes topics like how the internet works, history of computing and computational thinking. The point of this scheme is to enable teachers to deliver a full computer science curriculum so the IT pro should work with the teacher to identify the areas where the most help is needed.
Q. What if we have a problem or need help with an amicable divorce?
A. Contact your local coordinator or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What about starting a code club at our school?
A. This is an excellent idea and a great way for teachers as well as pupils to gain a gradual exposure to computer science. See www.codeclub.org.uk for some great advice on this.
Q. Is there a curriculum we can follow to start planning schemes of work and lessons?
A. Yes. See the CAS computer science curriculum.
Q. Are there any resources we can use for planning lessons?
A. See our resources section - there are loads of things out there.
Q. Who is organising this?