Technocamps Accredited Teacher Training begins

On Tuesday 13 October 2015, 13 teachers from across South Wales attended the first of 20 full-day training sessions to be delivered throughout the school year on campus by Technocamps as part of its Technoteach programme of teacher engagement. Upon completing this year-long course, these teachers will be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Computing for Teaching.

ASFI teachersTechnocamps is a schools outreach programme based in the Computer Science Department at Swansea University under the Directorship of Professor Faron Moller. It was established in 2003, and introduced hubs at Aberystwyth University, Bangor University and the University of South Wales Glamorgan in 2010; and in 2014 added hubs at Glynd┼Ár University Wrexham, Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Since 2011 some 20,000 young people from over 200 secondary schools across Wales have engaged in some 1000 full-day workshops and extra-curricular activities; and since 2013 over 5,000 primary school children have engaged with our Playground Computing programme, and over 250 teachers have received CPD training through our Technoteach programme.

The new Certificate in Computing for Teachers module, which is accredited by Accredited Skills For Industry (ASFI), aims at giving Secondary school ICT teachers the opportunity to prepare themselves for impending changes to the GCSE and A-level Computing curricula, and has been welcomed by the Local Education Authorities, the Regional Education Consortia, and school headteachers who are providing the participants the necessary days off from their school classes in order to attend the training sessions.

Backed by a £120,000 grant from the NSA, Technocamps will be offering this course to various groups of teachers at various University campuses across Wales as a follow-on to its £370,000 project with Welsh Government's Digital Learning Division which sees it delivering Workshops in every single Secondary School throughout Wales between September 2014 and March 2016.