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Computing in demand at GCSE

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Stories around GCSE results are currently dominating the news in the run-up to the new academic year. Several news outlets, including the Guardian, have reported on the popularity of computing - with more students choosing to study it than PE for the first time. Computer Weekly has also reported an increase in the number of girls taking the subject at GCSE.

If you are looking for more information about key trends across the curriculum, Schools Week has published a handy article analysing eight main findings from England's results data. This includes evidence that the geographical attainment gap is widening.

How to support teaching at GCSE

If you're looking to develop or refresh your computing knowledge, the Computer Science Accelerator can help you or your colleagues to teach this high-demand subject at GCSE. All courses are free for teachers in state-funded education and trainee, supply and returning teachers. Subsidies are also available to state-funded schools and colleges for supply cover to support teachers to participate in CPD during the school day.

Pathways are available for different experience levels and provide recommended courses to help you get started.

Resources for key stage 4

Created by subject experts, our curriculum has everything you need to teach computing. Resources include lesson plans, slides, activity sheets, homework, and assessments.

Isaac Computer Science is a learning platform which offers GCSE computer science learning and revision resources mapped to the AQA, OCR, Edexcel, and Eduqas exam specifications.

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We offer a wide range of support for teaching computing, from courses and accreditation to community and enrichment support.