Why we exist

We exist to help schools create relevant and meaningful education by providing a complete DigiTech pathway for all secondary students, developing teacher confidence to teach digital technology, and through creating industry connections with schools.

We provide free professional development to teachers and support to school executives to transform digital technology education in schools. We do this using our strong partnerships with industry.

We support schools and teachers with:

  • Innovative lesson materials. The materials are open and free, perpetually available, and always up to date. Visit our courses page: https://csinschools.io
  • Access to a network of expert volunteer computing professionals to support teachers in developing the skills needed to become confident in teaching digital technology
  • Training through workshops, and ongoing online support through email and Slack to build community, engagement, and provide help to teachers

Who is it for?

We work with secondary schools and teachers in Australia.

We support schools from all sectors and states, with a bias towards supporting girls’, rural, and regional schools. We support teachers with any background, not just those who’ve taught digital technology previously.

We always begin our partnership with a school with our Introduction to Coding programme, and together we build a pipeline of students who are interested in digital technology and help schools build follow-on programmes.

In-classroom professional development experience

We share free and open teaching materials, built by computer science and teaching experts. These include teacher training videos, lessons plans, student videos, and complete lessons that meet the Australian DigiTech curriculum requirements. Our course resources are here: https://csinschools.io

We offer industry-based teacher support, run workshops, and provide support through an online community.

We offer three modes of support to teachers:

  • Partner mode. A volunteer computing professional partners with a teacher in the classroom to build the capabilities to independently teach coding. This mode is for teachers who are new to teaching coding, or who don’t yet feel confident
  • Mentor mode. A volunteer computing professional regularly meets a teacher. In this mode, the volunteer doesn’t regularly visit the classroom. This is for teachers who have some experience and confidence in teaching coding
  • Online mode. A teacher downloads and uses our materials, and receives occasional, ad hoc support through our online communities. This mode is for teachers who are experienced and confident in teaching coding

World-class teaching materials

CS in Schools materials are designed to help teachers confidently deliver a fun, engaging, and industry-relevant DigiTech programme.

The materials include videos for teachers and students, lesson plans, slides, worksheets, online exercises, and other materials. All materials are provided under the relaxed Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Industry support

We provide access to a network of volunteer computing professionals.

Volunteers helping teachers succeed in the classroom. Volunteers have basic training in classroom scenarios, and can explain coding concepts to students with support from the schools’ teachers.

The two companies with the most volunteers in our programmes are SEEK and Carsales.

Pre-programme workshops

We provide a free, compulsory training workshop to all volunteers and teachers that have been accepted to participate in CS in Schools. Our next workshops will be in late 2021 in preparation for the 2022 intake.

The workshop is designed to be fun and engaging, and is aimed to help everyone have the best experience in the CS in Schools programme.

Industry projects

Once schools have developed a pipeline of students with coding experience, we offer schools the opportunity to participate in our Industry Project courses. In 2021, we are partnering with Carsales and Domain to offer students the chance to solve a real-world industry challenge and share their solution with the team at Carsales or Domain.

Pathways

Industry-relevant coding courses
Industry mentors, industry excursions, work experience opportunities
Industry mentors, summer internships

FAQs

Who is it for?

We work with secondary schools and teachers in Australia.

We support schools from all sectors and states, with a bias towards supporting girls’, rural, and regional schools. We support teachers with any background, not just those who’ve taught digital technology previously.

Teachers should have at least three years of teaching experience and at least one year of experience in their current school. Teachers with any background are welcome.

Why did we create CS in Schools?

We established CS in Schools to transform Australia schools so that they can address the IT skills gap.

There will be over 100,000 new IT jobs created in Australia by 2024, but Australia only creates around 7,000 university-qualified IT graduates each year. We believe that university entrants aren’t choosing IT programmes because many don’t get the opportunity to study engaging digital technology courses at school. It’s critical for Australia’s future that we address this problem.

Which schools are you working with?

In 2021, we are working with the following schools:

  • Victorian schools
    • Aitken College
    • Bialik College
    • Camberwell Girls Grammar School
    • Catholic College Sale
    • Cornish College
    • Flinders Christian Community College
    • Genazzano FCJ College
    • Gippsland Grammar School
    • Greensborough Secondary College
    • Haileybury Berwick
    • Haileybury Brighton
    • Haileybury City
    • Haileybury Keysborough
    • Kilmore International School
    • McClelland College
    • Mount Eliza Secondary College
    • Mount Erin College
    • Newhaven College
    • Noble Park Secondary College
    • Northcote High School
    • Parkdale Secondary College
    • Springside West Secondary College
    • St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School – Traralgon Campus
    • St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School – Warragul Campus
    • St. Leonards Catholic Parish Primary School
    • The Hamilton and Alexandra College
    • Toorak College
    • Wesley College
    • Woodleigh School
  • Queensland schools
    • Albany Creek State High School
    • Caboolture State High School
    • Indooroopilly State High School
    • Malanda State High School
    • Narangba Valley SHS
    • Padua College
    • The Gap SHS
  • South Australian schools
    • Cardijn College
    • Horizon Christian School
    • Kildare College
    • St. Michael’s College
    • Torrens Valley Christian School
  • West Australian schools
    • Governor Stirling Senior High School
  • Northern Territory schools
    • Nightcliff Middle School
  • Tasmanian schools
    • St. Mary’s College

We welcome all schools and teachers in all Australian states to our programmes, but we have a bias towards helping rural, regional, and girls’ schools.

What do schools need to provide?

Beyond motivated teachers, students, and a scheduled class, we only need a computer and an Internet connection to get started.

Schools need to provide each student with a computer with a modern web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. We recommend against using tablets because they are difficult for typing and cutting and pasting text.

Schools must also provide reliable access to the Internet. It’s sometimes required that schools make changes to their firewall setup. For example, we’ve worked with schools that have a default configuration that doesn’t allow students to watch our lesson videos.

Signup for student resources is anonymous, that is, students do not need to provide their name or email addresses to use our resources.

If the school is unable to provide computers, CS in Schools may be able to help.

How do schools get involved?

The next intake for CS in Schools is for the 2022 school year.

We usually begin by helping schools add a coding course at Year 7 or 8, and then build towards Year 12 in subsequent years. If you’re interested in having CS in Schools support teachers at your school in 2021, you need to be able to:

  1. Find timetable space. Our Introduction to Coding programme is approximately twenty hours in length and is typically taught at around two classroom hours per week for ten weeks. CS in Schools can share timetabling models that have worked for other schools, and help with ideas on how to create timetable space
  2. Find teachers. Find motivated teachers and give the teachers the opportunity to teach the course at least twice within a calendar year. We then work with you to determine what support mode is right for each teacher. Note that teachers need to be able to attend a training workshop and study independently. We encourage schools to put several teachers in the programme at the same time!
  3. Provide students with computers and Internet access. Ensure each student who will take the subject has access to a computer with a modern web browser, and Internet access

If you’d like to learn more, please email selina@csinschools.com.

If you’re ready to apply, click the apply button below.

Get involved!

If you’re ready to build capabilities for a digital future at your school, please apply now for the 2022 intake.