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Assessment and progression in KS3 computing

CP212 Face to face course

For Key Stage 3 computing teachers who are new or existing to the subject. This CPD covers the key formative and assessment strategies needed in key stage 3 and beyond, including strategies relating to programming.

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Leadership Key stage 3 Teach secondary computing certificate
Face to face course 6 hours

  • Newbury 10 June 09:30—10 June 2024
  • Ashton-under-Lyne 5 July 10:00—5 July 2024

This course is aimed at computing subject leaders and secondary computing teachers who are looking to ensure rapid progression through Key Stage 3 by ensuring formative and summative assessment is planned and utilised in their subject and in particular what it looks like in programming. Participants will get the opportunity to look at the expectations of attainment are at the end of KS2 and identify strategies and tools to ensure progression right through the key stage putting their students in the best possible position to take on GCSE computer science.

Who is it for?

This course is for Key Stage 3 teachers of computing and subject leaders of computing. Participants would have a solid base of understanding of subject knowledge at Key Stage 3 and 4, we recommend completing the Key stage 3 and GCSE Computer Science certificate to develop your subject knowledge. 

Topics covered

Assessment & progression overview – to start the course you’ll get to grips with the basic concepts of progression from end of KS2 to beginning of KS4, looking at learning journeys and an overview of formative and summative assessment

Formative assessment –  In this session you will look at strategies to identify misconceptions and gaps in student's understanding from a range of different methods as well as identifying the tools used to support in closing those gaps.

Summative assessment – during this session you'll investigate how we plan for and use the results of summative assessment including user of baselines, rubrics and tracking

Assessment in programming – you will examine specific issues relating to assessment of programming before looking at how we plan for assessing programming and what strategies can be utilised. 

How long is this course?

This is a one-day, face-to-face course which consists of approx. six hours of teaching time.

How will you learn?

Hands-on experiential learning with the collaborative support of your peers.

Expert advice and instruction on the computing curriculum and the expectations of a computer science teacher, from experienced classroom practitioners.


During this course, you will:

  • be aware of what progression looks like though KS3

  • be able to plan for assessment within lessons and how to reflect on those assessment in altering our teaching and planning

  • explore a range of tools and strategies for both summative and formative assessment

  • be aware of the specific issues of assessing programming

  • plan assessment models and apply particular assessment techniques suitable for progression in programming

This course is part of Teach secondary computing

Teach secondary computing

Our nationally recognised qualification will give you confidence to take your computing teaching to the next level and to apply those skills in the classroom.

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