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Annual GCSE Computing Update Thursday Dec 14, 2017 from 9:00AM to 4:15PM
Organised by: Tig WilliamsTig Williams Hosted by: CAS South East (University of Southampton)
CAS South East (University of Southampton)
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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

Annual GCSE Computing Update
Hosted by CAS South East (University of Southampton)

Thursday Dec 14, 2017 from 9:00AM to 4:15PM

This full day of professional development includes in depth update from OCR, Edexcel and AQA in the morning, focusing on help with the new specification and coursework guidance including Q&A sessions. The afternoon consists of a carousel of workshops designed to support GCSE computing teachers, led by CAS Master Teachers. Those attending will be able to move freely between the updates from the awarding organisations. If you are considering a change, this is a good opportunity to find out what the other awarding organisations offer. Everyone attending will have the opportunity to attend all of the workshops in the afternoon.

There is no charge to attend this event.  Lunch, refreshments and resources are all included. 

Please note: Eduqas is not attending this event, but there will be printed information from them available on the day.


Time Session description
08:15 - 09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome, housekeeping and introductions
09:10 - 10:45 Updates from the Awarding Organisations; OCR, AQA and Edexcel
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:15 Awarding Organisation updates continued
12:15 - 13:00
Lunch and networking
13:05 - 14:05

Workshop one

14:10 - 15:10 Workshop two
15:15 - 16:15

Workshop three


Evaluations and close

Afternoon carousel of workshops:

Network protocols, security and how to bake that perfect 4-layer TCP/IP cake - Led by Dave Robinson, CAS Master Teacher at Ringwood School
Starting with quick look at the different network protocols, their function and what happens when you don't follow the recipe. Followed up with deconstructing that 4-layer TCP/IP cake to see what holds it all together and a dash of network security on the side. Finally a live demonstration of it all in action (hopefully).

Teaching programming - best practice using a range of pedagogical approaches - Led by Pete Marshman, CAS Master Teacher, Leighton Park School
This session will lay the foundations for success at KS4 through the development of essential programming skills using pedagogical approaches based on recent research.  This will include how to assess and evaluate the quality of code produced by learners and bridge the practical application and theoretical understanding of algorithms.

Teaching Computational Thinking unplugged - Led bySharon Molton, CAS Master Teacher, The Hurst Community College
Attendees will worth through a series of unplugged activities that can be used with students across KS3 and KS4 to teach the basics of ABSTRACTION, DECOMPOSITION, ALGORITHMS and pattern matching.  You should be able to take the resources directly from the session and use them to deliver in your own classroom.

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