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Preparing to Teach A-Level Computer Science Saturday Jan 21, 2017 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Organised by Master Teacher: Darren TraviDarren Travi Hosted by: The Royal Grammar School
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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

Preparing to Teach A-Level Computer Science

January 21, 2017 at 9:00AM

The Royal Grammar School

1 day A level Computer Science theory course

Darren Travi (CAS Master Teacher) and Ilia Avroutine have developed this one-day theory course for teachers (and those new to the profession) who are currently offering - or considering offering - A-Level Computer Science. With movement towards linear A Levels introduced last year, our training will provide information and resources for teaching the more demanding and newer topics for the new A-Level course in a way which will give teachers confidence, providing teaching ideas to enable you to teach the course in a fun and engaging way. This course is ideally suited for teachers who have been teaching GCSE Computing for some time. Delegates will go away with lots of resources to help them through the first year of teaching the course.

Session 1 - Which specification should I choose?:
Overview of different boards; a look at different specifications and guidance on deciding what is the best specification for you;

Session 2 - Fundamentals of programming and Computational Thinking;
Computational thinking;
Standard and complex algorithms;
Efficiency of different algorithms;
Algorithms for the main data structures - trees, stacks, queues;
Object-oriented programming;
Review of typical new model examination questions.

Session 3 - Maths for Computer Science:
Fundamentals of data representation, different number formats, number bases, unit conversations, floating point, mantissa two’s compliment, and unsigned binary;
Boolean Algebra and circuits - AND, OR, NOT, NAND, XOR AND NOR.

Session 4 - Approaching the theory topics:
This is a practical session on the requirements of what pupils are expected to know;
Machine architecture and Fetch Execute Cycle;
Role of JavaScript in the new A-Level Specification.

Session 5 - How to approach the Computing Project:
What is involved in planning, developing and producing documentation for the A-Level coursework?


Darren Travi and Ilia Avroutine

Leader Bucks CAS Hub; CAS Master Teacher; and Head Of Computing, Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6QT. Darren has been teaching A-level Computer Science since the 1990's and GCSE Computing since the course started in 2010. He has been an active and leading member of Computing at Schools and has successfully delivered a series of CPD events aimed at supporting teachers at all levels from primary right up to secondary level 

Ilia teaches Computer Science at the Royal Grammar School. He has taught A level Computer Science for 5 years having previously taught Computing in Canada. Ilia co-leads the CAS Bucks Hub and has run a number of training events around the country. Ilia has a wide experience of teaching Computing and has co-authored the new Key Stage 3 Computing textbook for Hodders

All materials and resources used on this course w

All materials and resources used on this course will be made available to all delegates after the course.


Darren Travi,

The Royal Grammar School

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