This section contains details of some Frequently Asked Questions relating to CAS Scotland including :-
- What is Nesta and how is it related to CAS Scotland?
- What is PLAN C and how is it related to CAS Scotland?
- What is the Skills Investment Plan and why is CAS Scotland in it?
What is Nesta and how is it related to CAS Scotland?
Nesta is a UK charity for innovation. They approached the Scottish Government for funding to run a digital education project in Scotland. Nesta seconded a Digital Education Manager (Kate Farrell, who is also a CAS Scotland committee member) for a period of one year initially. This project is looking at increasing the numbers of Primary, Secondary and Special Education teachers using digital creativity in school, and the effectiveness of different methods of CPD for these teachers. You can read more about the project here: http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/digital-creativity-scotland. As part of her role Kate is also able to support the PLAN C project.
What’s PLAN C and how is it related to CAS Scotland?
Members of the CAS Scotland Committee approached the Scottish Government for funding to run a programme of CPD for Computing teachers. We were very fortunate and £400,000 was allocated for this over two years. This has been grant funded to the BCS, the chartered institute for IT, and they have seconded two part time National Project Officers (Peter Donaldson and Dr Quintin Cutts, who are also CAS Scotland committee members) for a period of two years. You can read more about PLAN C here: http://www.casscotland.org.uk/plan-c
What is the Skills Investment Plan and why is CAS Scotland in it?
The ICT and Digital Technologies Skills Investment Plan is a £6.6m funded plan by Skills Development Scotland to provide a clear framework for action to address skills development at all levels – from school, through modern apprenticeships and college to university and beyond.
The plan includes actions such as:
- Support the delivery of ICT/digital technology at schools
- Help young people learn and use ICT/digital technology skills
- Provide alternative entry routes into ICT and digital technology roles
We have been in discussion with Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government to ensure that teachers’ voices are heard in the writing of this crucial plan.
We will have an opportunity to submit proposals for bidding for funding to deliver projects that address these action points.
This is an exciting time for Computing in Scotland. If you would like to work with us to plan out how CAS Scotland will respond to this document please get in touch or come along to our next committee meeting.