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Teaching GCSE computer science pedagogy for programming - face to face

CP242 Face to face course

Building on your prior subject knowledge of programming, this CPD helps teachers to teach others how to become effective programmers.

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Programming Key stage 4 Teach secondary computing certificate
Face to face course 1 day

  • Warrington 11 June 09:30—11 June 2024
  • Nottingham 5 July 09:00—5 July 2024
  • St Austell 15 July 09:15—15 July 2024
  • Totnes 23 July 09:30—23 July 2024
  • Hatfield 2 August 09:00—2 August 2024
  • Lincoln 15 November 09:30—15 November 2024
  • Lincoln 7 March 09:30—7 March 2025
  • Lincoln 13 June 09:30—13 June 2025

It is crucial that teachers have knowledge of programming, and can write programs that solve the problems posed in GCSE CS. Building on this solid base, this CPD helps teachers to teach others how to become effective programmers. Making use of the latest evidence-based research and practice, participants will develop a toolkit of effective teaching and learning approaches suitable for all students helping them to build resilience self-regulation and independence in the classroom.

During this one day course you’ll dive deep into teaching and learning of programming. You’ll learn effective ways of delivering programming in the classroom, using structures such as PRIMM. You’ll also explore how to build resilience amongst students using strategies such as Growth Mindset, how to build resilience through debugging programs and practical teaching strategies, that can be used by students, to build their understanding of programming principles.

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. If you're looking to upskill your computer science subject knowledge, we recommend completing the Key stage 3 and GCSE Computer Science certificate.

Topics covered

01 | Effective classroom systems for programming success – during this session you’ll explore practical programming strategies that can be used in the classroom to build student understanding, such as paired programming, peer instruction, Parsons problems etc.

02 | Programming Pedagogy – during this session you’ll explore how to teach your students to turn mental models into programs. You’ll also explore how to combat the perceived challenges of programming, using frameworks such as PRIMM and the Matrix Taxonomy.

03 | How to build resilience, self-regulation and independence – this session will explore strategies that can be used to build resilience and independence amongst students. You’ll go deep into strategies such as Growth Mindset, cognitive overload, how to use debugging as a way of promoting independence and how to encourage self-regulated learning.

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 Teaching GCSE Computer Science: developing knowledge and understanding.

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.


During this course, you will:

  • layer excellent pedagogy on top of your subject knowledge, helping you support improved student outcomes
  • explore programming frameworks and how these can be used to plan effective lessons in computer programming
  • understand how different practical programming activities can be used to develop student knowledge and engagement with programming
  • learn how different strategies can be used to improve student resilience, self-regulation and independence when 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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