Helping students succeed in the new Computer Science GCSE - Teacher CPD

With the release of the new GCSE specifications for Computer Science comes a new approach to assessment and a raising of the bar for subject knowledge. How can teachers best prepare students for this new CS agenda? This one-day course will analyze the new GCSE criteria and explore the new GCSE specifications and their implications for planning and teaching at KS3-4. You will investigate how to nurture confident and competent learners from KS3 and throughout KS4 in readiness for the new GCSE.

What will this CPD course for teachers cover?

  • Computing without computers: how to use unplugged activities to engage students in the classroom. Learn how to transition unplugged concepts with plugged concepts such as programming and data representation
  • Planning for progression: identify approaches to strengthen content at KS3 to prepare students for the new challenges offered
  • Collaborative working: interactively explore collaborative approaches to concepts such as programming to develop teamwork in your classroom
  • Developing independence: cut back on the forest of hands-up with approaches to develop inner-thinking and resilience within your students
  • Adding context: develop plans to merge engaging content, contextualised to current Computer Science trends
  • Where are the girls: learn how to engage girls in Computer Science and how to significantly increase uptake of GCSE Computing by girls
  • So much choice: experience a range of free software to enhance computational thinking in the classroom

With the change just around the corner, the development of a progressive and creative approach to teaching and learning GCSE Computer Science is required to get the best out of your students.

Presenter profile

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Peter Marshman in his role as Head of Computer Science and ICT at Leighton Park School has delivered a vast range CPD to primary, secondary and trainee teachers as a CAS Master Teacher. These courses focus on creative and innovative approaches, combined with an emphasis on unplugged and kinaesthetic activities. Peter is also an advisor to the Royal Society on Computing and Digital Learning in schools, primarily around the topics of gender and diversity.

Feedback from teachers on Peter's courses

Excellent course - good balance between presentations and activities.

Best course I have ever been on and I have been teaching for 15 years. Very relevant, excellent delivery and outstanding ideas.

Excellent, insightful and inspiring – a really useful day!

Many, many useful links and ideas. I'm going to be busy this summer!

Fabulous! Inspiring! Really useful! A great course.

Cost: £165 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £199 for 2 teachers from the same school

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