This course aims to demonstrate practically a range of innovatory and engaging techniques for teaching aspects of GCSE Computer Science that will cover groups of a wide range of ability but also cater for the more able. The course covers all examination boards and focuses on the outstanding teaching and subsequent learning than can take place.

This course is designed to give all teachers who are starting the Computing GCSE for the first time a thorough grounding in what to expect, practical, effective strategies for teaching the course, and 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.


  • Develop a range of strategies to improve student’s subject knowledge and exam performance
  • Gain practical strategies at helping all pupils regardless of ability to learn text-based programming and push them towards the higher grades
  • Develop planning and delivering the course, including differentiated approaches, assessment and resources
  • Find out how to develop literacy for the computing student
  • Improve understanding of the key elements of the written exams
COURSE DATES London Monday 25 June 2018
London Thursday 13 November 2018
WHO FOR?  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
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



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 delivery
  • Understanding the grading, what does it take to get a 4,5,6,7,8 and maybe 9?

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
  • Practical ideas and strategies to motivate and challenge learners
  • How to best approach marking, assessment and feedback: electronic V paper based systems

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


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

  • Structure of high mark questions: exemplar material
  • Strategies to improve student’s literacy in order to be successful with these questions
  • 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.