This updated course demonstrates a range of innovative and engaging techniques for teaching all aspects of GCSE Computer Science. It will cover how to engage a wide ability range and how to challenge the more able to achieve high grades. The course covers all examination boards and focuses on the outstanding teaching and subsequent learning that can take place.

This course is designed to give all teachers who are delivering the Computing GCSE for the first time a wide range of effective strategies for teaching: Computer Systems, computational thinking, algorithms and programming. The course will also be of benefit to teachers who may have taught some of the course or done so only for a short time.

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 straight away back in school. 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.


  • 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
  • Find out how to develop literacy for the computing student
  • Improve understanding of the key elements of the written exams and what the awarding bodies are looking for, so as to strengthen your teaching
COURSE DATE London Thursday 13 November 2018
  • Teachers who are new to Computer Science
  • NQTs and those teaching Computer Science for the first time
  • Non-specialist teachers who are teaching Computer Science
  • Senior leaders with the responsibility of line managing a new Computer Science department
  • Existing and aspiring Heads of Computer Science departments
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: Exploring the content requirements of the Computing GCSE

  • Getting to grips with the practical tasks and written work
  • Auditing subject knowledge to apply to a challenging deliver
  • Understanding the grading, what does it take to get a 4,5,6,7,8 and maybe 9? A consideration of the national standard and how you can teach to ensure students meet their target grades

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.45pm: Planning and delivering the course: developing teaching and learning strategies

  • Planning outstanding schemes of work and ensuring full specification coverage
  • Practical ideas and strategies to motivate and challenge learners
  • How to best approach marking, assessment and feedback to encourage and maintain progress

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: How to prepare students for the high mark, extended answer questions

  • Feedback from the 2018 examinations and how to use this information to promote student success
  • Strategies to improve student’s literacy in order to be successful in the exams
  • How to give students the skills they need to access the high marks available for essay style questions
  • Embedding excellent teaching to fully prepare students

2.45 – 3.30pm: How to prepare all students for examination success

  • National context of boys and girls success levels
  • Strategies to encourage girls into Computing and engage them with an exciting course
  • How to differentiate successfully so that all abilities can meet and beat examination target grades

3.30 – 3.45pm: Question Time

  • Time to ask any specific questions arising from the day

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 National Trainer. Matt is currently teaching Computer Science at Alderley Edge School for Girls and 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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