The ‘new to computing’ pathway provides subject knowledge enhancement for new to computing teachers, up to and including GCSE Computer Science. Whether you’ve recently qualified as a computing specialist teacher; or if you’re looking to add computing as a second specialism this CPD will guide you through a supported introduction to computer science.
This CPD package will provide you the opportunity to develop your GCSE Computer Science knowledge leading towards recognised certification
. You'll be supported along the way by experienced teaching professionals, among a group of your peers. You'll participate in live face to face CPD and mentored online CPD on-demand.
By engaging with this CPD, you'll become confident in supporting students of computer science. You'll take-away ready-to-use and successful teaching approaches from experienced teachers, supported by the latest research and evidence.
This CPD package includes two courses:
This is a residential course at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. Meals and overnight accommodation are included for participants for the duration of the course. Bursaries are also available for teachers from state-funded schools and colleges which can be used towards travel, supply cover, teaching equipment or further local CPD.
If you wish to spend the night before the residential in York, bed and breakfast will be available at the centre’s on-site accommodation at a discounted rate of £43+VAT. Participants can email [email protected] to secure this rate, providing their course booking information and confirming the night(s) they would like to stay.
Who is it for?
This pathway is intended for teachers who are new to computing, wanting to learn more about the knowledge required to deliver the computing curriculum. No prior knowledge is required to attend this CPD.
How long is this course?
You’ll complete two courses from the Computer Science Accelerator programme, totalling approximately 10 hours, split across two days.
Online courses are also available free of charge, these are available to complete before, alongside or after the face to face courses.
How will you learn?
Hands-on experiential learning with the collaborative support of your peers. Expert advice and instruction on the GCSE curriculum and the expectations of a computer science teacher, from experienced classroom practitioners.
By the end of this CPD residential you will be able to:
Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE:
- Understand why computers use binary and be able to convert between binary and decimal values
- Understand what an algorithm is and how to represent them by using flowcharts
- Be able to explain how search and sort algorithms work
- Be able to use a block based programming language using constructs sequencing, selection and iteration
Introduction to computer systems, networking and security in computer science:
- Learn how data is inputted into a computer, how it is processed, stored and output in a useful form
- Develop a basic understanding of local and global computer networks
- Become knowledgeable and confident in using common cybersecurity term