Creative Computing for KS3

Computing At School in collaboration with Microsoft UK


This two-day funded* course will enable new and aspiring Heads of Computing in secondary schools to develop the skills and techniques to build a creative and innovative curriculum accessible for all and to lead a thriving subject in their school.

The course will cover:

  • curriculum planning,
  • staff development,
  • teaching resources and
  • effective pedagogy

With a particular focus on:

  • creative and innovative lessons at key stage 3
  • techniques to inspire young people and
  • developing self-efficacy of girls.

Course Content

There are two full days of face-to-face sessions, interspersed with focused tasks carried out in your own school. Each session will combine theory with practical activity.

The programme in each of the centres will be broadly similar and will include:

Day 1 - “Lighting the spark”

  • Setting the Context, the Concepts and the Curriculum
  • Building an innovative curriculum
  • Resources to inspire creativity at KS3

Day 2 - “Fanning the flames”

  • Building the department in a thriving community
  • Physical computing for all
  • Assessment of Computing

NB: An essential feature of this course will be a personalised development project. This will be a small-scale assignment which enables delegates to apply learning from the programme to their own situations in their school. Delegates will be asked to share their learning and the difference they have made through it on Day 2.

Who is this course for?

  • New and Aspiring Heads of Computing for KS3 students
  • CAS Community Leaders

Benefits of attending

By the end of the course you will have:

  • an increased understanding of the most current national and international thinking on effective computing pedagogy and subject leadership;
  • been provided with practical and inspirational strategies to improve standards of teaching and learning in your department;
  • developed your understanding coupled with practical strategies, guidance and techniques on how to lead your subject department;
  • been made aware of, and been given practical experience of, some of the latest classroom resources for teaching Computing at Key Stage 3.

Dates/Venues & Cost

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors Microsoft UK we are able to offer free (funded) places to teachers of computing in state schools in Norfolk and Norwich, hosted by the University of East Anglia (UEA), first session Friday 8 March 2019, second session TBC Summer Term..

How to apply

To apply for a funded place please complete the booking form here