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A-Level Computing – the main challenges of teaching (two-day theory course) Saturday Jan 20, 2018 9:00AM until Sunday Jan 21, 2018 5:00PM
Organised by Master Teacher: Darren TraviDarren Travi Hosted by: Royal Grammar School
Darren Travi
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A-Level Computing – the main challenges of teaching (two-day theory course)

January 20, 2018 at 9:00AM

Royal Grammar School

With movement towards linear A Levels introduced last year, our training will provide information and resources for teaching the more demanding, and new, topics. 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.

Day 1

Session 1 - Fundamentals of programming and computational thinking:
Computational thinking
Standard and complex algorithms
Efficiency of different algorithms

Session 2 - Data structures:
Trees, stacks and queues
Graphs, linked lists, intractable algorithms Dijkstra

Session 3 - Coursework:
What is involved in planning, developing and producing documentation for the A-Level coursework

Day 2

Session 1 - Object-oriented programming:
Classes, objects, attributes, methods
Encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism
Practical coding examples and exam questions

Session 2 - Machine architecture:
Programming in LMC
Role of the CPU and registers moving beyond GCSE
Past examination questions

Session 3 - Maths for Computer Science:
Data representation – floating-point arithmetic addition and subtraction, normalisation, masking and shifts
Boolean algebra – Karnaugh maps, flip flops and full adders

Session 4 - Review of examination papers:
A look at selected topics from various boards

There are two teachers on this course, both of whom have extensive experience of teaching Computer Science at GCSE and A Level. They are extensively involved with a major examinations board, providing resources, training, assessment and examinations.

Darren Travi -
Darren is Head of Computing at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. A CAS Master Teacher, he leads the Buckinghamshire CAS Hub. He’s been teaching A-Level Computer Science since the 1990s and GCSE Computing since the course started in 2010. He has successfully delivered a series of CPD events aimed at supporting teachers at all levels in Primary and Secondary schools.

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. He 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 KS3 Computing textbook for Hodders.


Darren Travi & Ilia Avroutine

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


Darren Travi,

Royal Grammar School

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