School Improvement

Merseyside & Warrington Computer Hub

The Merseyside and Warrington Computing hub, headed by Priestley College and based at the STEM Centre at Beamont Collegiate Academy in Warrington, is one of 34 computing hubs across England, working together with the National Centre for Computing Education.

The National Centre for Computing Education is funded by the Department of Education and supported by a consortium comprising of STEM Learning, the BCS and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The driving ambition of the centre is to ensure that every child has access to a world-leading computing education, to ensure a strong future in digital skills in England.


The Hub’s Aim

‘To improve the expertise of computing teachers from primary to KS5 – so they are able to teach the new knowledge-based computing curriculum, and the new computer science content including at GCSE and A level.’



We offer a wide range of CPD opportunities aimed at primary and secondary provision. Teachers are able to receive recognition for their training by gaining certification.

Certification is split into primary and secondary, more details about the primary certification can be found here. Secondary teachers are able to achieve two certificates, one in subject knowledge and the second focusing on pedagogy. The subject knowledge certificate must be achieved first before moving on, details of how to start this journey can be found here.

Our hub works to provide the best possible support for schools in Liverpool, Halton, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens, Warrington and the Wirral. We work in collaboration with other local Computing Hubs to meet the needs of all schools across the region to ensure the best access to the CPD opportunities for all schools.


School Engagement Programme

The School Engagement programme, will be delivered by our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). SMEs are educational experts, working regionally to support the NCCE to work in schools in most need of support. The programme is to help develop the school’s computing curriculum further by supporting SLT, and subject leader to complete a needs analysis and from that generating a 3-year engagement plan with the NCCE.

The SME will talk schools through the available support and training, and where it can be accessed. Bespoke CPD can also be offered which can makeup part of this support for a school or group of schools.

Schools across Merseyside and Warrington are eligible for support schools from a SME for approx. 0.5 days. Secondary schools that are not currently offering GCSE Computer Science are eligible for 2.5 days of SME time to develop an action plan to support the school in their journey to offering the subject.  Express your interest here.


Gender Balance in Computing programme

The Department for Education has funded the Gender Balance in Computing (GBIC) research programme, to work with schools to investigate different approaches to engage girls in computing and to help increase the number of girls who select Computer Science at GCSE and A level.

GBIC is a collaboration between the Raspberry Pi Foundation; STEM Learning; BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT; and the Behavioural Insights Team.

The different trials in this programme are related to:

  • Non-formal learning
  • Belonging
  • Relevance
  • Teaching approaches


The hub is supporting the GBIC through links to the schools that have expressed interest in the programme and helping with the sign-up process. To express your interest visit here.


Contact Us

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