Welcome to a new episode of Insights with NetSupport, our series seeking out top tips and trending topics covering all things education and business – from teaching with technology, protecting students online, supporting wellbeing and much more.

In this episode, host Mark Anderson is joined by Andy Colley to discuss top tips for Computing Leads. Andy Colley is a founder of one of the UK’s longest running Twitter chats focused on the teaching of Computing: #caschat. A former school IT technician, teacher of Computing and now Director of Computing at Laurus Cheadle Hulme school in the Northwest of England, Andy’s been a CAS Master Teacher, Teaching and Learning Lead Practitioner, Advanced Skills Teacher and much more, including co-hosting the popular Learning Dust podcast.

Tune into this episode as we get the opportunity to quiz Andy on many aspects of the role of Computing within education, both from secondary and primary school perspectives.

Here are some of the questions we covered. 

  1. What tips would you offer to somebody new to role of Head of Computing?
  2. What do you see as being the difference between being a subject teacher and a subject leader? What advice would you give your earlier career self?
  3. Leading Computing at secondary is different to leading Computing at primary. What do you see those differences as being and what would you say the key focuses should be for each?
  4. Can you share any resources that you think would be useful, plus any people/blogs you would recommend following on social media?
  5. Are there any paid-for resources that you would recommend using?

Network managers often express concern over children coding programs that can create executables. Do you have any advice on how to balance their concerns, particularly as students develop their skills and use more technical software at a level that can facilitate the curriculum, whilst ensuring security?

Want to connect with Andy and Mark?

You can follow them on Twitter at @MrAColley (Andy Colley) and @ICTEvangelist (Mark Anderson).

Watch the full episode on YouTube below.