Introducing the Computing Leader's Toolkit!

Sept. 13, 2018

The computing leaders toolkit has been designed to support you in every step of your subject leadership. Whether you're new to the role or an experienced leader, it's bound to help you succeed in your role.

Because each school is different, you may not require every aspect of the toolkit, but there are sure to be some documents you just can’t live without and best of all, it's available for free download now.

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"...If only the Purple Mash Computing Leader's Toolkit was around a few years ago, it would have saved me so much time and my organisation would have been top notch. I highly recommend that ALL computing leaders explore this toolkit, you will find EDITABLE resources and documents that you didn't even realise would be of use. My favourite section (I couldn't choose one document) is the progression of skills. This handy colour coded collection of resources informs teachers and pupils of the steps to success in computing and features links to the Purple Mash computing scheme of work.

This toolkit provides leaders to the resources to support their teachers, ensuring that our primary aged students have the opportunity to gain those computing and digital skills vital to 21st century learning!"

Donna Shah, Digital Technology Lead, Newington Green Primary School & Rotherfield Primary School

What's inside the toolkit?

Let's take a look at what you get when you download the computing leader's toolkit.

Acceptable use agreements

Make sure everyone is on the same page and establish a shared, safe-practice school culture with these essential documents. There are different versions for EYFS, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, parents and carers, and staff.

Action Plans

These contain concise and achievable actions to help computer leaders demonstrate better impact. Action plans should always consider your school's overall current position and its aims for the current academic year, and preferably the next year too.

Audits of computing

Gain better insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your school’s systems and equipment. These audits consist of an array of comprehensive questions to help identify areas for improvement with space to formulate key actions.

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Example computing policy

Computing policy should always be created in collaboration with other members of staff, particularly senior leaders who have safeguarding responsibilities. Any current legislation that applies to this area must be clearly addressed. Along with this, computing leaders should make themselves aware of policy protocols for their school. That's a lot to think about, but luckily this example policy is easily adapted to your school's requirements.

Online safety terminology

It's expected that all school staff have a good understanding of online safety and knowledge of current terminology and trends. This comprehensive glossary of terms is designed for display in the staff room and will help adults familiarise themselves with the terms they need to know in order to spot potential risks to children.

Progression of skills documents

Clearly defined skills for teaching sessions support the delivery of high quality lessons, leading to high quality outcomes for all learners. There are four separate documents here: progression of skills for years 1 to 6; progression of skills for individual year groups, individual statement versions for specific skills to share with children, and a large wall display.

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Safeguarding posters

Clearly display who the safeguarding team is at your school and how to contact them with this handy poster. There's also space to show where people should go if they were to need help - all good practice for your school.

Self-evaluation form

The more reflective a leader is, the more standards in their subject will be driven forward. This comprehensive tool elicits self-reflection, helping you develop as a subject leader in computing.

Staff surveys

Understanding the capabilities and knowledge of all your staff is a key skill for any subject leader. These surveys help you gain that knowledge so that you know areas that need attention in training sessions.

Tips for computing leaders

Finally, there are some helpful tips that should come in handy for all computing leaders, whether new or established. Keep them in your subject leader's file so they're always within reach.

How do I get hold of the computing leader's toolkit?

Getting a copy of the computing leader's toolkit is 2Simple!

Just click this link to download the entire toolkit absolutely free.

Subscribers to Purple Mash also have access to fully editable versions of the documents, so they can tailor them to their precise needs.

Try Purple Mash for free.

More free stuff

The computing leader's toolkit is part of 2Simple's commitment to providing primary school teachers with high quality, practical teaching resources.

Visit our free stuff page for more teaching tools for your box, including a whole school computing scheme of work, and a computing assessment tool.