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CSA in the summer - teaching advanced GCSE computer science track

CP481 Live remote training course

Familiar with the subject knowledge required for GCSE computer science? Joining this track will develop your understanding of how best to support students of all abilities.

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Live remote training course 10 hours
  • Live remote training 12 July 09:30—21 July 2021

Designed for teachers who are already confident in subject knowledge up to GCSE level, the ‘teaching advanced GCSE computer science’ track will help those looking to improve student progress and attainment even further.
The ‘CSA in the summer’ 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 remote CPD and mentored online CPD on-demand.
With a choice of course options available, you'll become confident in supporting students of GCSE computer science, including those currently studying the subject and the highest achievers. You'll take-away ready-to-use and successful teaching approaches from experienced teachers, supported by the latest research and evidence.
Over the summer period, you’ll complete two courses. You can find out which courses by selecting a course date:
  • Higher attainment in computer science: meeting the challenges of the exams
  • Python programming: advanced subject knowledge, implementation and testing
  • Python programming: analysis, design and evaluation
A bursary is available upon completion of the CS Accelerator programme - for information see this page.

Who is it for?

This CPD is intended for teachers who are confident with their subject knowledge of the computing curriculum, up to GCSE level. It is anticipated you’ll have a secure understanding of how to program using Python.

How will you learn?

Scheduled live, interactive online sessions led by an experienced practitioner. Flexible facilitator-supported, participant-led tasks, involving deep exploration of the subject content.

How long is the course?

You’ll complete two courses from the Computer Science Accelerator programme, totalling approximately 10 hours, split across multiple days.  Online courses are also available free of charge, these are available to complete before, alongside or after the remote courses. You can find out more information about associated online courses via the CSA in the summer blog.

Outcomes

By the end of this CPD track / package you will be able to:

Higher attainment in computer science: meeting the challenges of the exams:
  • Develop a secure understanding of the assessment processes at GCSE level
  • Gain experience of threshold concepts and how these can be firmly embedded in the curriculum to support student understanding
  • Examine interleaving teaching and retrieval strategies that could be adopted within their own practice
  • Develop a secure understanding of how to structure different exam style questions to fully support the needs of all students
Python programming: advanced subject knowledge, implementation and testing:
  • Understand how to implement advanced programming techniques within a working solution i.e. authentication, nested selection & iteration
  • Learn the importance of the implementation and testing stages of the software development life cycle
  • Understand the differences between iterative and final testing, including the different types of test data normal, boundary and erroneous
Python programming: analysis, design and evaluation:
  • Learn how to apply abstraction and decomposition to a programming project during the analysis and design phases
  • Understand how to create suitable algorithms to represent a design to a solution
  • Develop confidence in leading your students as they develop their programming skills

This course is part of the Subject knowledge certificate

Subject knowledge certificate

Our professional development programme, Computer Science Accelerator, is designed to help you develop or refresh your subject knowledge and leads to a nationally recognised certificate.

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