This new course aims to demonstrate a range of innovative and engaging techniques for teaching all aspects of OCR Computer Science (H446). It will cover how to engage a wide ability range and how to challenge the more able to achieve high grades. How do we encourage students to achieve those top end grades in A-level Computer Science?

The course covers all the components for the OCR examination board and focuses on the outstanding teaching and subsequent learning than can take place. 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 A-level Computer Science.


  • Develop a range of strategies to improve students’ subject knowledge and exam performance for OCR
  • Gain practical strategies at helping all students regardless of ability to learn text-based programming and push them towards the higher grades
  • Develop planning and delivery of the course, including differentiated approaches, assessment and resources
  • Use feedback from previous assessment to inform future planning
  • Improve understanding of the key elements of the OCR written exams
COURSE DATE London Tuesday 23 October 2018
  • Teachers new to OCR A-level Computer Science
  • NQTs and those teaching Computer Science for the first time
  • Non-specialist teachers who are teaching OCR Computer Science
  • 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 requirements of Content of Computer Systems (Component 01)

  • Planning, strategies to maximise students’ potential
  • Practical ideas and strategies to motivate and challenge learners
  • Understanding the OCR grading and standards, to engage all levels of learners

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.45pm: Exploring the requirements of Content of Algorithms and Programming (Component 02)

  • Develop ways of ensuring all students become critical programmers and understand how to improve performance
  • How to best approach marking, assessment and feedback to maintain and enhance progress
  • Planning outstanding schemes of work

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: Feedback from the previous OCR series, including the non exam assessment

  • Consider learner responses to questions and/or tasks
  • Share practice in planning for internally assessed units
  • Identify common issues and strategies for success, in the light of the OCR feedback

2.45 – 3.30pm: How to prepare students for the high mark, extended answer questions

  • Structure of high mark questions: exemplar material
  • Strategies to improve students’ literacy, to be successful with these questions
  • How to give students the skills they need to access the high marks available

3.30 – 3.45pm: Final Questions

  • 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 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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