GCSE Computer Science comprises a rich, knowledge-based curriculum. This CPD equips participants with effective teaching strategies to build student knowledge for long-term recall, leading to confidence in assessments.During the course you will explore those pedagogy approaches which are proven to be the most successful, applying them to the specific context and challenges of GCSE computer science. Guided by an experienced teaching practitioner, and alongside other teachers undertaking similar challenges, you’ll become better able to plan and deliver impactful lessons that effectively balance classroom and at-screen activities.The course is based on firm evidence and experience, and will guide you to develop an understanding of what works best in the context of your own school.
Who is it for?
This course is for secondary teachers of GCSE Computer Science with solid subject knowledge. This course is fully funded for participants from maintained schools in England who have successfully completed the GCSE Computer Science Accelerator programme, which supports the development of teacher subject knowledge.
01 | Effective classroom teaching of GCSE theory – during this session you’ll explore different teaching approaches that can be used to effectively build subject knowledge among students, such as metacognition, assessment for learning, questioning, modelling and knowledge organisers.
02 | Building deeper student understanding – during this session you’ll explore the importance of threshold concepts and their place in lesson planning. You’ll also explore the effective use of unplugged approaches in the classroom and the importance of helping students to build mental models.
03 | Effective action planning in the classroom – this session will introduce you to the importance of action planning, how to effectively implement CPD and evaluate its impact in the classroom.
How long is this course?
This is a one-day course which consists of five hours of teaching time.
This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education and forms one part of a set of courses, you may also wish to consider:
How will you learn?
You’ll engage with active learning in groups including direct instruction, hands-on activities and challenge-based learning, led by an experienced Professional Development Leader. The course will model teaching approaches that can be taken back to the classroom.
- Layer excellent pedagogy on top of your subject knowledge, helping you support improved student outcomes
- Explore various teaching strategies that can be used to deliver theory topics in the classroom
- Understand the importance of threshold concepts and how different teaching methods can deepen student understanding
- Learn how to implement the outcomes of CPD through the use of action planning, and how to effectively evaluate the outcomes in the classroom.