This course is designed to give all teachers who are delivering the OCR GCSE Computer Science a wide range of effective strategies for teaching: Component 01: Computer systems, Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming and the Programming Project. You will leave this course with a range of teaching and learning strategies that will ensure your students succeed in future exam series.

There will be opportunities throughout the day for discussion, and to ask questions. You will leave the course with a range of strategies which can be used immediately to strengthen student learning and understanding, including exam technique. This course is designed to support and assist with the delivery and management of the course rather than learning specific programming languages. The course will enable teachers to leave feeling confident in their ability to start to teach GCSE Computer Science to an Outstanding level.


  • Develop a range of strategies to improve students’ subject knowledge and exam technique for OCR GCSE Computer Science
  • Gain practical strategies at supporting all students to learn text-based programming and push them towards the higher grades
  • Develop planning and delivering the course, including differentiated approaches, assessment and resources for each component
  • Improve understanding of the standard and demands of the OCR exams and subject content, to allow for innovative and successful teaching ideas
  • Utilise feedback from 2018 to strengthen your teaching of key areas of challenge and demand
COURSE DATE London Friday 26 October 2018
  • All teachers of OCR GCSE Computer Science
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.15am: Overview and Introduction

  • Getting to grips with the Programming Project and the theoretical components in the OCR specification
  • Auditing students’ subject knowledge to apply to a challenging delivery
  • Planning your KS4 Curriculum to maximise opportunities for students to achieve outstanding results

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.45pm: Outstanding teaching for Component 01: Computer systems and Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms

  • Explore the demands of the theory units and what OCR examiners expect to see in high level responses
  • Obtain practical ideas and strategies to motivate and challenge learners when teaching Computational Thinking
  • Selecting the best activities to engage your learners: how to maintain progress, motivation and outstanding computational thinking
  • How to best approach marking, assessment and feedback during the course

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: Feedback from the OCR GCSE 2018 examinations

  • Areas of strength and weakness in 2018, with specific focus on the longer mark questions
  • Strategies to improve knowledge, understanding and confidence for these questions
  • Accessing the high marks available for essay style questions: how to teach the skills required
  • Embedding excellent teaching to fully prepare students for final OCR exams

2.45 – 3.30pm: How to prepare all students for the Programming project

  • Teaching the OCR Programming project content to ensure outstanding results
  • Strategies that encourage and engage students to produce excellent work
  • How to differentiate successfully so that all abilities can fulfil their potential

3.30 – 3.45pm: Plenary and depart

Matt Hogan

Matt has been Head of Computer Science and ICT departments in Cheshire schools for over 17 years, working across five very different schools. He leads training sessions for primary and secondary teachers throughout the UK and is a Pearson BTEC IT National Trainer. Matt also has experience as an assistant examiner for AQA. He is an Apple Teacher with Swift Playground recognition alongside being a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator and is an Associate Member of the British Computing Society.

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