Monthly Archives: May 2014

Day 3 – Planning and delivering an inspiring & engaging Computing curriculum

This week Sirius Academy hosted the third session in this CPD programme for teachers.

Our group of Hull teachers, preparing for the GCSE Computing curriculum, worked collaboratively again and welcomed back Alan O’Donohoe. The cohort quickly turned to hands-on activities to focus on strategies to support differentiation, assessment and pedagogy in practice.  All areas that our teachers have welcomed Alan’s experience and enthusiastic delivery style.


Alongside hands-on activities, practical tips and guidance there are always lots of notes, links and ideas to take away:



  • Again, everybody attending said they’d recommend the session to colleagues and rated the overall session as ‘5’ (our highest grade and ‘Excellent, great CPD benefit)
  • Liked the hands-on approach
  • Good to use Python and Scratch
  • Liked the approach to looking at students’ assignments to help with GCSE CS assessment and modelling

More details added about student events and teacher CPD

We’ve updated the calendar with more information and deadlines for registering for each event.

Check out the overview information for upcoming iPad Academy in Hull sessions and teacher CPD to support the new Computing curriculum.  Note, the venue for the third day of the Computing project for teachers is now Sirius Academy.

We’ll continue to host events for young people to inspire and engage KS3 students with the new Computing curriculum during the Summer term.  There’ll be a limited number of places available for teachers and students to attend from other schools.  Maybe you’re looking to raise awareness of Cyber Security, promote the profile of career choices through Computing, raise aspirations through STEM or get creative through Computational Thinking?

To help with support and resourcing you’ll need to contact us before each deadline and then we can add each activity to your school’s annual development plan for CPD.