The ethos of the BCS Computing at Schools Master Teacher programme is simple. Experienced, high performing classroom teachers, with the full support of their Head Teacher, are empowered to support other teachers of Computing in their local area. This support may take the form of low-cost training sessions and other mentoring and coaching opportunities. Such support forms an essential part of developing a community of professional practice, alongside the other activities initiated by local CAS Hubs and University partners in the Network of Excellence. As well as the subject and pedagogical knowledge, CAS Master Teachers help develop a key part of the role is building a supportive relationship, based on mutual trust amongst colleagues.
To become a Master Teacher Mr Crowther has taken part in several additional areas of study related to Computer Science, as well as completing a classroom based research project. Alongside his general teaching practice, Mr Crowther has offered coaching sessions to several teachers in the local area and hosted some training sessions for trainee teachers. The award of CAS Master Teacher shows dedication to lifelong learning and excellence in academic study as well as continued support for learners at any stage of their journey into the exciting world of Computer Science.
All CAS Master Teachers have a passion for the subject, enthusiasm, energy and active involvement in CAS activities. Not everyone is a subject expert when they start, but all are respected classroom practitioners. Master Teachers are, first and foremost, teachers.