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Computing for Schools



Networking Academy Computing Skills Programme for all Teachers and Students in the UK
 • FREE ‘Computing for Schools’ programme
 • Provides the necessary tools to support the development of computing and digital skills in all key stages
 • Designed for teachers and students
 • Complements existing National Computing Curriculum
 • Available to anyone in the UK


Why do it?

Ever feel like the students are more digitally skilled than you are? Get a step ahead and put your best foot forward. This programme provides you with the tools to up-skill and prepare for delivering computing concepts to your students from age 5 through to GCSE level.


What are the benefits? 

The programme offers skills that can be applied in the real world with e-safety at the heart of the materials. You will be able to help students understand the concepts in computing whilst ensuring they stay safe online. 
The free Cisco Packet Tracer application allows students to tackle the types of problem solving required in computer networking. Students can build a simulation of their home networks which helps them understand how ‘things’ are all connected and how we have to be ‘security aware’ so that this connectivity is not exploited for malicious or criminal purposes. 
The programme puts you in the driving seat with the many modules courses at your disposal. In addition, joining the free Cisco Networking Academy will allow you use other freely available courses, such as Cybersecurity, Linux, Python (due to be released soon), for CPD or other purposes.  
So what’s the catch? There isn’t one! Really there isn’t. It’s just a great free programme, available to anyone, but aimed at teachers and students, that works hand in hand with the existing computing curriculum.


So what next?

Visit http://cs.co/Computing4SchoolsProgramme to find out more and sign up.



The courses align with the new national Computing curriculum, more specifically with the strand "Communication & Networks" as defined in the Computing Progression Pathways document published by Computing At School (CAS). This current version was developed in partnership with Birmingham City University and the Open University. Additional strands are under development.



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Libraries - Make your community digital 

We are offering everyone the chance to upskill their Digital Skills or take that first step into the IT Profession. Cisco are teaming up with libraries to make available 6 free online courses which are self paced and can be studied either at the local library or from the comfort of students own home. 


What are the benefits?

We see digital skills as a journey, our courses guide students from the very basic digital literacy skills, to more advance topics such as Cybersecurity. Students cover a range of relevant content, aimed at increasing their self confidence, but also teaching them how to protect their personal data and privacy online. Students can understand how the digital transformation of business creates new value and new job opportunities. They can even pick up a course to set them on track to grasp one of those new job opportunities.


Cisco NetAcad courses are listed below, anyone can enrol in their chosen course, and study time varies from 15 – 30 hours per a course. Once students have completed our intermediate courses, they may want to further their education and pick up one of our Career Ready courses. They can choose to do this at a local Academy which can be located using our Academy Locator tool


 Our courses




Get connected 


Introduction to Cybersecurity

Introduction to Packet Tracer 

Introduction to IoT




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We are making courses freely and widely available to all libraries across the UK with the hope to upskill as many residents as possible. We’re living in the golden age of digital opportunities, there has never been a better time to get everyone involved 



Signing up to our initiative is very simple, and can be achieved in 5 easy steps... 


 1. Register as a Cisco Networking Academy

The first step would involve signing up as a Cisco NetAdac. Once approved our end, you will be asked to sign the Academy Membership Agreement 



 2. Enrolling onto our courses

Cisco offer 6 free courses, ranging from getting online to making that first step into the IT profession. Libraries can enrol in all 6 courses or decide to chose the most relevant

Once enrolled you can decide on a rolling out plan  - evening classes, tutoring, engagements sessions, etc. 

 3. Build a landing page

Create a landing page on the libraries website which links to the course enrolment pages


 4. Launch!

Once the site is up and running, you are ready to launch and start inviting students to enrol


 5. Track Progress

Each library will have access to their students progress. You can monitor a range of useful data which can be used to track and promote course completion 




Take the first step by registering as a Cisco Netacad http://cs.co/CreateNewCiscoAcademy


For an questions or further information, please email us at Netacad-in-libraries@cisco.com

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