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Preparing to Teach GCSE Computer Science 9 – 1 Friday Apr 7, 2017 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Organised by Master Teacher: Darren TraviDarren Travi Hosted by: Saint John Bosco Arts College
Darren Travi
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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

Preparing to Teach GCSE Computing 9 – 1

April 7, 2017 at 9:00AM

Saint John Bosco Arts College

With the change in the assessment for GCSE Computing, our training will bring the skills and confidence needed to teach the new specifications in a fun and engaging way. This course is ideally suited for teachers who have been teaching GCSE Computing or for those considering teaching it for the first time. It will focus on teaching strategies for the technical topics involved. Delegates will leave with lots of resources to help them through the first year of teaching the course.

Delegates are expected to bring their own laptop computer to the event<\b>

Session 1 - Overview of the course
Overview of different boards, comparing exam assessment systems and looking at the role of the non-exam assessment

Session 2 - Machine architecture
Bits, bytes, binary logic and Boolean algebra
Parts of a CPU and the fetch-execute cycle
Illustration of CPU operation - sequencing with the Little Man Computer
New model questions

Session 3 - The computer systems paper
Introduction to networks – LANs, WANs, network topologies. Protocols, MAC and IP addressing
New model examination questions

Session 4 - The algorithms and programming paper
Effective and efficient algorithms using pseudocode and flowcharts
How to implement binary, linear searches
New model examination questions

Session 5 - How to approach the non-examinations-based assessment task
Overview of the non-examination-based assessment task
Guidance on how to produce documentation what is involved


Darren Travi and Ilia Avroutine 

Darren Travi
Darren is Head of Computing at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. He is also a CAS Master Teacher and leads the Buckinghamshire CAS Hub. Darren has been teaching A-Level Computer Science since the 1990s and GCSE Computing since the course started in 2010. He has been an active and leading member of Computing At School and has successfully delivered a series of CPD events supporting teachers at Primary and Secondary phase.

Ilia Avroutine
Ilia teaches Computer Science at the Royal Grammar School. He has taught A-Level Computer Science for five 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. He 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 will be made available to all delegates after the course.


Darren travi,

Saint John Bosco Arts College

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