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The Croft Takes Part in NCCE Film

6 December 2019
The Croft Takes Part in NCCE Film

Here at The Croft Primary School, it is our job to prepare children for life and work in an ever-changing world. Children are becoming increasingly accustomed to using computer technology in their everyday lives, and computing knowledge is an incredibly sought-after skill among employers.

We are extremely proud to announce that The Croft Primary School has been showcased in a promotional video by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). The film celebrates the accomplishments made by the centre in its first year of existence. Click here to see the video!

We can thank our involvement in this video to the work of The Croft’s computing lead, Georgia Mercier, who as well as doing an excellent job teaching in the school, also sits on the NCCE’s Subject Practitioner Panel, which gives feedback and guidance on NCCE activities.

As well as representing the school in the NCCE film, available to watch here, Georgia was also featured in the NCCE’s recent podcast entitled ‘Why Teach Computing?’

Speaking with the NCCE director in the podcast, Georgia talked about why computing is a key part of our children’s education, saying: “Children come into school everyday and are talking about technology. So I think it’s our role to teach them how to use it safely and responsibly and to get the best out of it by giving them the skills that they can’t learn elsewhere.”

Georgia also runs the Swindon Computing Community group along with The White Horse Federation’s IT lead Leah Newbury. The group meets every term, with the most recent meeting held here at The Croft on Thursday 28th November. It was composed of a hands-on workshop where the group got to grips with micro:bit software. The next meeting will take place during the week commencing 20th January 2020.

The NCCE, funded by the Department of Education, offers a wealth of resources to promote computing education, and, more importantly, to help teachers teach the subject from key stage 1 all the way through to A-level. We recommend signing up to the NCCE, which you can do here!

The organisation also works alongside Computing at School and Barefoot Computing, both of whom provide great free resources.

Driven by Georgia’s excellent leadership and enhanced by her involvement in this internationally significant initiative, we at The Croft are proud to call ourselves a leader in primary school computing education.

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