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Assessing computational thinking in primary schools - short course

CP457 Live remote training course

A short course providing practical guidance on the assessment of key thinking skills in primary computing

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Leadership Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Teach primary computing certificate
Live remote training course 90 minutes

  • Leicester 18 April 10:30—18 April 2024
  • Leicester 18 April 14:30—18 April 2024
  • Live remote training 16 May 15:30—16 May 2024
  • Live remote training 22 May 15:30—22 May 2024
  • Live remote training 6 June 15:30—6 June 2024
  • Live remote training 17 June 15:30—17 June 2024
  • Live remote training 2 July 15:45—2 July 2024
  • Live remote training 11 July 15:30—11 July 2024

A short course providing practical guidance on the assessment of key thinking skills in primary computing

Computational thinking lies at the heart of the national curriculum. It includes the key building blocks for success in computing such as using abstraction to simplify problems, or how to decompose problems into smaller chunks. As computational thinking skills develop children become more adept at applying logic, spotting patterns, planning algorithms and evaluating computer programs.

This CPD includes easily applied, practical approaches to assessing the development of computational thinking. Developing these techniques will help you to gauge what is expected of learners as they progress through primary school. By supporting the development of key subject skills, you will ensure that children build on existing skills and knowledge, so they are equipped for the next stage of their education.

Who is it for?

Teacher and subject leaders of primary computing

Topics covered

This short CPD covers:

  • Models of computational thinking that apply to the primary classroom
  • Adapting lesson plans to develop computational thinking
  • Formative and summative assessment approaches
  • Progression models through KS1 and KS2

How long is this course?

90 minutes

How will you learn?

A scheduled live, interactive online session led by an experienced practitioner, with a short pre-session task.


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

  • Understand the term computational thinking
  • Recognise what CT looks like in the classroom
  • Identify progression in CT capability
  • Apply reliable assessment methods in CT

This course is part of Teach primary computing

Teach primary computing

Our nationally recognised qualification will support you to demonstrate your commitment to developing your own practice and to computing as a school subject.

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