Computing is a National curriculum foundation subject and a vital aspect of a broad and balanced curriculum for all learners. Pathways through computing have reduced for some students, however, leading to a narrowing of their future options. Computer science GCSE is at the heart of provision for KS4, but evidence shows an overall reduction in access to computing education following KS3.
This action-oriented professional development course explores the options available to teachers in different school contexts. The key outcome is an individualised plan to provide a high quality computing education in KS4 for all students – working within current timetabling arrangements and also planning for a comprehensive qualification suite that attracts significant numbers of learners.
Participants will develop a shared understanding of the KS4 computing curriculum, and the skills, knowledge and resources that effectively underpin it. They will take a proactive approach to shaping the future of the subject, leading to a sustainable and effective offer which maximises the capability of the teaching staff. In turn, this will help all students become safe, knowledgeable and skilled users of computing technology able to pursue a variety of further study and employment options.
This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education.
Who is it for?
Curriculum leaders and teachers responsible for key stage 4 curriculum design and implementation.
Teachers in priority state-funded secondary schools pay no fee to attend this CPD, and are entitled to £200 bursary upon successful completion of the course.
Priority schools are those located in Local Authority Districts 5 and 6: see this map to check eligibility or contact us for details.
01 | Establishing the vision analyse the current context for KS4 computing in your school and the main drivers for curriculum change. Identify opportunities for computing within the current curriculum framework and develop a vision for short and longer-term curriculum development.
02 | Building the curriculum offer discover how computing can fulfil its role within constrains of the KS4 curriculum in your school. Find out about a range of cross-curricular and extra-curricular computing approaches and resources to enrich the experience for your students.
03 | broadening the KS4 qualification offer become confident in your knowledge of the range of technical and vocational qualifications across the full breadth of computing. Evaluate the specifications of qualifications and assess their fitness for your KS4 cohort.
How long is this course?
This course is one day duration.
How will you learn?
Reflecting on your own situation and assessing, through discussion with peers in other schools, how opportunities for computing at KS4 can be maximised.
Apply the latest research and evidence to your own school context with support from the facilitator.
Experience hands-on the activities that can transform your KS4 computing curriculum.
- Find opportunities within the current timetable structure to improve the skills and knowledge of all students within and beyond the curriculum, and even outside of the school day.
- Discover and evaluate a range of resources to improve learning, and to support non-specialist teachers.
- Gain accurate knowledge of the broader computing qualification landscape, including which qualifications can be offered in harmony.
- Develop the case for a rich qualification offer centred on GCSE Computer Science and extending across information technology and creative digital media.