The Programme in Detail

Day 1: “Lighting the spark”

On day 1 of the course you will learn how to design an exciting, engaging and inclusive curriculum for your learners.  There will be emphasis on recommended topics to deliver and the sequence to deliver them in. This should help computing leaders create an engaging narrative to both maximise student understanding and to prepare students to undertake a key stage four qualification.

You will be introduced to a variety of resources and begin to consider the pedagogy that each of the resources utilises and how the pedagogy can be applied to your learners to ensure that each pupil achieves regardless of gender or need.  Ideas for assessment will be introduced to show how you can formatively and summatively assess.

Curriculum Design for progression

We will consider the essential topics that all students need to learn in KS3 and most appropriate order to deliver these in.  Attendees will then take this knowledge and apply it to their own school with a view to a more engaging curriculum for all pupils.

Resources to inspire pupils

We will look at a range of resources that attendees can use to deliver the topics covered in the first session without re-inventing the wheel. Will also consider will  how to adapt these to use as part of a unit of work.

Latest research

A look at some of the latest research into the delivery of computing at secondary school such as the PRIMM research undertaken by Kings College London and the computational thinking work from the University of Southampton;we will then look at how this research can inform classroom practise.

Gender Balance, techniques to even out the uptake of computing.

We will capitalise on the work by institutions such as Microsoft, the IOP and CAS Include to highlight how attendees can increase the uptake of computing in their own schools.  This will include both strategies and tips to help make an immediate impact and a look at the broader picture such as the recent IOP report and its recommendations about addressing the gender gap.

Day 2 - "Fanning the flames"

Day 2 builds on the first day and will also enhance the knowledge and discussions had during the webinar sessions. You will be introduced to a variety of ideas to develop computing in your institution and put it on the "school map". There will be further focus on materials which will inspire you, your staff and learners. There will be focus on the BBC Microbit and how to use this innovatively and creatively within the school environment in a cross curricular way so that learners see the power of computing as one part of a bigger picture encompassing the whole of STEM. In all workshops there will continue to be a running theme of pedagogy and assessment.

Building and managing a thriving department

We will guide attendees to look at the essentials of leading computing in a school environment.  Whether as a subject champion or a department leader we will look at how to get the most inclusive enjoyable and dynamic experience for all students in your school by considering how to use the resources available to their best and where to find other help to expand the opportunities available to all your students.

Computing with the Micro:bit

We will look at a number of projects to demonstrate how we can use microbit to both inspire students with the ‘WOW’ we can get from physical computing STEM projects and demonstrate that computing often underpins other technologies.  We will also consider how to teach physical computing using the Micro:bit and how this can enthuse less engaged pupils.

We will also consider the merits of expanding what you do in the classroom into a STEM projects club to really get students creating engaging projects we would not normally have the time for in the curricular space.


A look at formative vs summative assessment in computer science and how and where to use this in a secondary classroom to maximise impact on students learning.

We will also look at the EEDI platform to help use summative assessment to inform planning and progress for all students.

Final Thoughts

We will review the course to date and look at what the attendees found useful and how they can expand on the knowledge they have gained. We will also consider the next steps. We will give individualised feedback in order to help all attendees start out on the next steps in their continuing journey to teach computing.

Each centre will additionally have a guest lecture on Day 2 from one of the leading experts in our field.