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Our Trust Hubs

Cardinal Hume Computing Hub

We would like to introduce you to Cardinal Hume Computing Hub which supports primary and secondary schools in the North East and Cumbria.

Computing Hubs drive and support the aims of the DfE funded National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) to meet the growing demands for digital skills.

The Hub’s most crucial role is to support teachers in accessing high quality training and support across all the key stages in both primary and secondary schools. We have a dedicated team who will support teachers in our trust to develop their subject knowledge and skills, to ensure computing is a core part of the curriculum.

The Computing Hub can provide 1:1 support as well as remote and face to face CPD. We run a wide
range of computing courses each term and can offer bespoke support and CPD where necessary.
Generous bursaries are provided to enable teachers to access computing training and support.
These bursaries will help cover costs of supply or non-contact time.

For example, state funded secondary schools receive a £220 bursary per teacher per day of training. For primary schools, a bursary of up to £440 is available per school per academic year.

We have certified pathways for primary and secondary teachers and for specialist and
non-specialists. Our quality assured facilitators have a wealth of experience and knowledge
and will support teachers with free curriculum resources, support networks and certification.
We want you to know that you can email us at any point with questions or queries or a free
‘needs analysis’ consultation.

Please use the links below to find out more about the Computing Hub and to get in touch.

Language Hubs

National Centre for Language Excellence – Language and Pedagogy

We drive, support, and monitor the work of a national collaborative network of MFL teachers and their schools to raise the standards of language teaching through the development of teaching resources, assessments, and professional development.

There are 18 specialist teachers in nine lead Schools, each working with four local hub schools (45 schools in total), as well as with a wider network of a further 90 schools linked to the hubs.

Training and Events

The MFL Hub at Cardinal Hume

We provide:

  • an extensive range of professional development activities for schools within the language hub network
  • an event open to other local schools in each of the regional hubs (held in the summer term)
  • professional development events beyond the network

All our professional development is informed by national and international research, particularly in the areas of vocabulary, phonics, grammar, meaningful practice, corrective feedback in interaction, target language use, assessment and motivation.

  1. For secondary MFL leaders: Principles of curriculum design in MFL in response to the new GCSE for current year 7s. Sessions will be held as twilights online.
  2. For primary staff: Principles of primary curriculum design: the 3 pillars of phonics, vocabulary and grammar. Sessions will be held as twilights online.

Durham and Tees Valley Science Learning Partnership

Cardinal Hume Catholic School and Carmel College coordinate and manage the Durham and Tees Valley Science Learning Partnership (SLP).

What is a Science Learning Partnership?

We offer quality, high impact science CPD through a range of full day or twilight sessions, face to face or remotely. We also work with schools on an individual basis to provide bespoke support to met the differing needs of schools across the area. We support both primary and secondary science teachers of all experience levels, heads of department and subject leads, NQT/ECTs and across all specialisms. Our team of facilitators are all subject experts, able to offer training on a wide range of topics, including developing subject knowledge and practical skills, SEND and access for all, Ofsted preparation, marking, feedback and assessment, curriculum planning and leadership skills. We are always looking to add to our team, so if you are a passionate scientist and feel you could deliver either the STEM core programme or your own bespoke CPD, please get in touch.

Rob Swinney is your SLP lead for Durham and the BWCET, based at Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Gateshead. He is a passionate Science Teacher who has been teaching for more than 15 years. Rob has extensive experience leading Science departments, securing rapid improvement and is a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE), conducting school to school support across the North East.

Tony Graham is your SLP lead for the Tees Valley and the BHCET. He has 30 years’ experience of teaching science, 21 of them leading science as head of department. He is an Evidence Leader in Education (ELE) and has extensive experience in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), school to school support and delivering CPD.


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