Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as a teacher of computing with experience teaching Key Stages 3 to 5, and prepare for a career teaching this priority subject.
Why Train to Be a Computing Teacher?
This is a great time to become a computer studies teacher. With more children in schools learning about programming and information technology, the subject is playing a more important role than ever before.
Your training will enable you to introduce young minds to the fundamentals of computing, all the way up to learning brand new programming languages. As a result, you’ll be able to plan exciting lessons that enable you to develop young people’s understanding of programming, publishing and other skill sets.
As a teacher of computing you will have the chance to inspire the next generation of coders, software developers, computing engineers - and probably lots of other jobs that don't even exist yet!
Your lessons will probably be a mixture of academic teaching with hands-on, practical lessons - allowing students to experience the excitement of creating from scratch. You will spend time preparing and delivering lessons, as well as setting and marking assignments, tracking student progress via data collection and feeding back to parents. Your lessons will allow students to unravel technological problems using a hands-on, trial and error approach, and will encourage them to think creatively about classroom projects.
You will also spend time keeping up to date with your subject knowledge and the latest technological developments. This is a great opportunity if you are passionate about your subject!
What Skills Do You Need to Be a ComputingTeacher?
With such a rapidly changing subject area, it's important that you are willing to keep up to date with the latest technology, and able to inspire your students to do the same. Communication skills are a core part of teaching, as well as the ability to inspire and enthuse younger people. There is a genuine ethos of continual professional development in the education world, so the willingness to take on new learning and training is very helpful. The ability to self-reflect is beneficial, as well as the desire to support young people to achieve their very best.
What Do We Cover in Computing Teacher Training?
You will be trained to teach computing at key stages 3, 4 and 5.
This includes training in university, via STSA's professional learning courses, and as part of your school placements, as detailed below:
Our academic partner is Sheffield Hallam University, whose course is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. At university, you will have the opportunity to hone your computing skills via seminars, workshops, lectures, group work, directed tasks, written assessments and practical work. You are assessed through supportive, collaborative means, helping you to grow and improve.
In STSA Professional Learning Courses
We run a number of STSA professional learning sessions throughout the year. These days are a great opportunity for our trainees to come together, catch up and share their experiences. Our trainees tell us this is a highly valued part of our course.
Examples of topics covered include:
- The Professional Teacher
- Lesson/scheme design
- Assessment: marking and feedback
- Data collection and analysis
- Barriers to learning
- Organisation of self
- Knowledge of consecutive key stages
- Role of SENCO
- Behaviour management
- Building resilience
- Child development
- SEND and inclusion
- EAL and new arrivals
- Collaborative team teaching
- Communication with parents
- Planning for transition
The STSA team are on hand throughout the course to help you with any issues or questions you may have.
During your School Placements
Our course includes high-quality placements in two of our partner schools, providing experience in contrasting settings – which is part of the Department for Education (DfE) regulations for Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Your main placement is approximately 24 weeks over the academic year, whilst your complementary placement is approximately 6 weeks. You also have a 2-day experience in a primary setting.
You will have your own mentor in each school, who will meet with you regularly and provide support and advice. They will also assess your teaching in school.
You can find out more about what to expect on our course here.
You will always be developing as a teacher and could progress to a head of subject role, or even head of a department or faculty. Some teachers decide to specialise in pastoral work, taking on a head of key stage/year group role. From middle management, you could then progress into senior leadership as an assistant, deputy or head teacher. With multi-academy trusts growing in number, there are also new opportunities working across a number of schools, taking on responsibility for your particular subject.