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KS3 computing (module 1): Creative curriculum design principles (remote)

CP435 Live remote training course

Get a solid grounding in curriculum design, leading to the implementation of an outstanding KS3 computing curriculum with impact in the classroom.

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Leadership Key stage 3 Secondary certificate
Live remote training course 5 hours

  • Live remote training 9 December 09:00—9 December 2022
  • Live remote training 6 February 15:30—9 February 2023
  • Live remote training 8 February 09:00—8 February 2023

Curriculum design is centre stage once more, and nowhere is an effective computing curriculum more vital than in KS3. 

As the first of three linked courses this CPD builds your curriculum design and implementation capability from the ground up, modelling effective practice and supporting you to develop a sequenced curriculum that builds conceptual understanding and knowledge, suited to your own context and priorities. You’ll be immersed in current, credible evidence, developing your curriculum knowledge step-by-step. 

You’ll consider the intent of your curriculum, with feedback and expert support to give you the confidence to explain your approach to anyone who asks. Taking a step back from the detail to look at the big picture of KS3 computing will help you prioritise the fundamentals of the subject. You’ll take into account the prior learning of students entering KS3 and effectively manage variations, before considering what they need to know by the end of the key stage and the best ways to help them get there. 

Throughout the CPD you’ll develop a goals-focused action plan, matched to your goals and incorporating effective means to monitor and evaluate impact. 

Do you prefer to learn in a classroom? If so, take a look at: KS3 computing (module 1): Creative curriculum design principles

Who is it for?

Subject leaders of computing and teachers with responsibility for the KS3 computing curriculum. 

Topics covered

  • Unit 1 Curriculum design principles – using cutting-edge research and evidence, learn about best practice in modern curriculum design and develop a vision for your curriculum that fits into your school. Consider the strengths of your current provision, and the opportunities to make improvements. 
  • Unit 2 Computing in primary schools and transition – evaluate the effectiveness of present arrangements for children transitioning to secondary school, and the computing knowledge they might bring with them. Consider a variety of low-effort ways to improve transition that will help students make a flying start and maintain their enthusiasm for computing. 
  • Unit 3 Establishing the aims of the KS3 computing curriculum – consider the different roles that the curriculum plays, and the reasons why it might differ between schools in different contexts. Develop a view of what an impactful curriculum might look like in your school and draft a curriculum intent statement that stakeholders can get behind. 
  • Unit 4 subject knowledge – define what lies at the heart of the computing curriculum, and what can help young people see its relevance and beauty. Plan to develop, in a considered way, the knowledge of your learners leading to success and enjoyment, and readiness for further study. Recognise the key ideas and knowledge that opens up the subject to young people, and deliberately plan to avoid misconceptions.

How long is this course?

The duration of the course is 1 day, or its equivalent if spread across a longer period. 

How will you learn?

You will participate in collaborative learning with guidance from an experienced curriculum expert. 


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

  • Articulate the intent of the KS3 curriculum in your school 
  • Begin the curriculum design process with confidence, informed by best practice and research
  • Define the domain of knowledge to be learned by all students in KS3 computing
  • Enrich the core curriculum, telling a bigger story to develop passion for computing among young people. 

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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