A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate - "able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology" at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.


At Probus, our curriculum is closely mapped to the National Centre for Computing Excellence (NCCE) computing taxonomy. We use the Teach Computing scheme in years 1 – 6 which ensures a thorough and robust coverage of the National Curriculum objectives. 

Why use the NCCE scheme? Because...

it is built around an innovative progression framework where computing content has been organised into interconnected networks we call learning graph

it has been created by subject experts, using the latest pedagogical research and teacher feedback


The National Curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
Be Kind. Be Respectful. Be Safe.
Our Probus Schools' rules mirror our approach to Computing and E-Safety. 
We teach our children to explore all areas of computing so that they grow up as confident, respectful and safe users of the internet. 
Every year, we take part in Safer Internet Day which we see as a day to highlight a key issue for that year. However, at Probus, being safe on the internet is not only explored on 1 day.
In Computing lessons, E-Safety is discussed and explored.
In PSHE lessons, E-Safety issues are explored through 8 main areas
  1. Self-image and identity

This strand explores the differences between online and offline identity beginning with self-awareness, shaping online identities and media influence in propagating stereotypes. It identifies effective routes for reporting and support and explores the impact of online technologies on self-image and behaviour.

  1. Online relationships

This strand explores how technology shapes communication styles and identifies strategies for positive relationships in online communities. It offers opportunities to discuss relationships, respecting, giving and denying consent and behaviours that may lead to harm and how positive online interaction can empower and amplify voice.

  1. Online reputation

This strand explores the concept of reputation and how others may use online information to make judgements. It offers opportunities to develop strategies to manage personal digital content effectively and capitalise on technology’s capacity to create effective positive profiles.

  1. Online bullying

This strand explores bullying and other online aggression and how technology impacts those issues. It offers strategies for effective reporting and intervention and considers how bullying and other aggressive behaviour relates to legislation.

  1. Managing online information

This strand explores how online information is found, viewed and interpreted. It offers strategies for effective searching, critical evaluation of data, the recognition of risks and the management of online threats and challenges. It explores how online threats can pose risks to our physical safety as well as online safety. It also covers learning relevant to ethical publishing.

6. Health, well-being and lifestyle

This strand explores the impact that technology has on health, well-being and lifestyle e.g. mood, sleep, body health and relationships. It also includes understanding negative behaviours and issues amplified and sustained by online technologies and the strategies for dealing with them.

  1. Privacy and security

This strand explores how personal online information can be used, stored, processed and shared. It offers both behavioural and technical strategies to limit impact on privacy and protect data and systems against compromise.

  1. Copyright and ownership

This strand explores the concept of ownership of online content. It explores strategies for protecting personal content and crediting the rights of others as well as addressing potential consequences of illegal access, download and distribution.

And for parents, we send regular communications via our social networks - highlighting issues and websites to look at. 

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