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Diagnostic assessment for GCSE computer science - short course

CP412 Live remote training course

Learn how to use quality-assured, free subject knowledge tests for diagnostic assessment of students of computer science GCSE.

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Leadership Key stage 3 Key stage 4 Secondary certificate
Live remote training course 60 minutes

  • Live remote training 5 October 16:00—5 October 2023
  • Live remote training 18 October 16:00—18 October 2023
  • Live remote training 16 November 16:00—16 November 2023
  • Live remote training 21 November 16:00—21 November 2023
  • Live remote training 28 November 16:30—28 November 2023
  • Live remote training 5 December 16:30—5 December 2023
  • Live remote training 12 December 16:00—12 December 2023
  • Live remote training 9 January 15:30—9 January 2024
  • Live remote training 1 February 15:30—1 February 2024
  • Live remote training 7 February 15:30—7 February 2024

Assessment of subject knowledge is important to inform teaching. This short session introduces the free, quality-assured test banks provided by the National Centre for Computing Education, designed to reduce teacher workload. Two assessment packages will be presented:

  • Diagnose gaps in KS3 computing curriculum knowledge to ensure students have firm foundations at transition, or upon the return to classroom teaching;

  • Assess the breadth of the GCSE Computer Science curriculum, providing an additional source of data to support centre-assessment of summer exams.

You’ll learn how to easily adapt tests to fit your curriculum expectations, and how to assign tests to classes of students. Each test produces a rich set of assessment data that can be used to adapt teaching and target interventions.

Who is it for?

Teachers and subject leaders of KS3 computing and GCSE computer science

How long is this course?

The short course lasts approximately 60 minutes.

How will you learn?

A single, scheduled live, interactive online sessions led by an experienced practitioner.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • know the content and structure of quality-assured tests for GCSE computer science

  • be able to allocate tests to your classes

  • understand how to access and utilise assessment data to inform teaching

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