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Prepare pupils for programming tasks (incl. NEAs for GCSE Computer Science), Watford 24Jan16 Tuesday Jan 24, 2017 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM
Organised by: Alan O'DonohoeAlan O'Donohoe Hosted by: The Watford UTC
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Prepare pupils for programming tasks (incl. NEAs for GCSE Computer Science)

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Host: Alan O'Donohoe,


  • How are you preparing your GCSE Computer Science students for the Non-Examined Assessment part of their course?
  • How can you effectively teach children to problem solve, algorithm design and text-based programming?
  • How do you differentiate your teaching so that your students can make rapid learning progress?
  • What strategies

Aims: This event will support teachers with the development of GCSE Computer Science in their schools. It will provide teachers with an impactful practical experience demonstrating a range of teaching & learning strategies they can use in their own Computing lessons in KS3/KS4, but particularly useful for teaching GCSE Computer Science.

Some students really struggle to make rapid progress with the programming aspects of Computing, especially text-based programming. This event is intended to support teachers with the teaching of pupils who find problem solving, and text-based programming difficult as well as differentiation teaching to support a wide ability range.

We will focus on Teaching & Learning strategies that include paired programming, problem-solving, algorithm design, Python, code-sharing, debugging and differentiation strategies

14:00 Welcome. Tea & Coffee. Group Discussion Activities.

14:30 Classroom Based Activity:

  • Identifying the challenges of text-based programming
  • Modelling strategies to support less confident learners
  • Developing students confidence with problem solving
  • Using a text-based programming language to develop a solution
  • Sharing solutions to benefit all learners

16:00 Close

Please note - There is a later related CPD session at the same venue that may be of interest:

  • Tues 24th Jan 4-6pm to support teachers to prepare pupils for exam success (GCSE Computer Science), 80% of terminal assessment. [details at]

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This event is being run by part of Exa Education