GCSE Computer Science - developing outstanding teaching CD205 / B01

Start date
24 Jun 19
4 Days
Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire, Swindon Road, Cheltenham GL50 4AZ View on Google Map


Outstanding teaching of GCSE computer science results from strong subject knowledge, and a detailed grasp of effective pedagogy. This evidence-based CPD helps teachers of GCSE to develop their classroom practice on a number of fronts, equipping them to get the best from their students.

Over four days you’ll go deep into teaching and learning. You’ll learn effective ways to teach and track attainment in programming using Python, as well as approaches that help students learn subject-specific, knowledge-rich content. You’ll develop deep conceptual understanding to pass on through your teaching, helping you to engage with the highest performing students with confidence.

Improving the diversity of the subject is a challenge, and you’ll consider how to recruit more girls to GCSE and ways to positively influence the future study choices of students. To help all learners to succeed in the subject you’ll find out how to enrich teaching with hands-on activities; how to build resilience and independence; and how to maximise the learning opportunities provided by your access to technology.

Between each day you’ll be supported to implement your learning back in your own classroom, reflecting on its impact on your students and colleagues.

This CPD is provided by the National Centre for Computing Education, and is free for all teachers who have successfully completed the CS Accelerator programme. Priority schools are entitled to one free place and a bursary.


You will be able to:

  • Layer excellent pedagogy on top of your subject knowledge, helping you support improved student outcomes.
  • Consider the many ways in which computer science teaching can be improved, and plan to overcome barriers to improvement.
  • Develop your own conceptual understanding of computer science principles, and how your students can build their own mental models.
  • Make your GCSE offer more accessible to a wider group of students, and attract more girls to the subject.


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This CPD is free to all computing teachers in priority secondary schools, and is offered with a supporting bursary.

Priority schools are those located in Local Authority Districts 5 and 6: see this list to check eligibility or contact us for details.

The CPD is also free to all teachers who have gained the GCSE Subject Knowledge certificate after completing the CS Accelerator programme. 

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Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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