Delivering an Outstanding GCSE Computing Curriculum (Day 1)

Our CPD project to support teachers to plan and deliver an inspiring and engaging Computing curriculum continued yesterday with a session focussed on KS4 and GCSE.

GCSE Day 1 Eval

Led by Alan O’Donohoe, teachers from across the city were able to collaborate and share T&L experiences and strategies, with the fundamental aim to concentrate on ‘pedagogy in practice‘.  Do you follow Alan on Twitter?

What did the teachers most like about the day?

  • The participation of hands-on activities
  • Hands-on experience of PythonFun interactive approach of the facilitator.
  • I have received some great ideas of how I can introduce Python. I have also gained a basic understanding of Python.
  • Finding things to teach the kids, activities.
  • Suggestions of ideas, starting points for delivery of new materials and programming.
  • Hands-on experience of Python.  Shown classroom activities to use.
  • Working with others looking at Python.
  • The actual programming/coding work – learning what does what and the result.

Next steps?

As a group the teachers shared ideas to form individual plans on how to follow up the ideas that were explored throughout the day and how the impact of that could be measured.  At the next session we’ll be able to evaluate and learn from these activities and ideas:

  • I’ll begin to explore software such as Scratch and Hopscotch (iPad) with pupils – potential Computer Science GCSE candidates.
  • I’ll use ‘Sabotage‘ as a teaching and learning tool.
  • I will try some of the activities in lessons and measure impact through the engagement of the class and personal confidence in delivery with ability to support students and answer questions.  Debugging!
  • I’ll get my students to coach each other.
  • Practice with Y7s and in after school sessions.
  • After a module with Scratch for Y7 I will introduce a couple of lessons with coding.
  • I will teach Python with classes at school.
  • I’m going to try ‘Quiz, quiz, train‘ as a student-led activity
  • I will introduce Computing terminology to a Year 9 class.
  • I will read through the online source and I will also introduce Python to my Year 8 class.

All the teachers who attended said they’d recommend the CPD session to others, so we asked them to comment:

GCSE Day 1 Recs

Check out the ‘Team Events Calendar‘ for next dates.   Days two and three are in May with another day specifically for CPD with the new Computing curriculum in June.  Don’t forget the two students events planned for March and June, with more information available through the blog posts.

Hope to see you at the next session – email us and include the dates in your CPD planning with the Education Team 🙂


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