Higher attainment in computer science - meeting the challenges of the exams - remote CJ439 / F02

Start date
15 Jan 24
5 Hours
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD

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This evidence-based CPD aims to raise knowledge amongst teachers of how to achieve the most out of your students, whilst preparing for their GCSE exams in computer science. Whether you’re already teaching computer science or completely new to the subject, this course is designed to support your understanding of how to increase student attainment at GCSE level.

Within this course you’ll receive insights into accurate assessment to aid centre assessed grading, explore the key terminology used in exams and how this should be approached by students. Explore structured methods of teaching towards extended writing and programming exam questions, plus top tips from experienced teachers of how to pick up marks in exam papers.

You’ll also discover the importance and research behind retrieval and interleaved learning. Throughout the session you’ll explore example strategies, with the opportunity to discuss how to use these with GCSE students.

During this course you’ll discover threshold concepts and how the ordering and timing of these concepts can significantly improve student understanding. You’ll explore how progression maps can be used to map the curriculum throughout KS3 and 4, whilst embedding threshold concepts to maximise progress.By the end of the course you’ll have the foundations of a variety of strategies that can be taken into the classroom, to support raising the attainment of students.

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By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Develop a secure understanding of the assessment processes at GCSE level

  • Gain experience of threshold concepts and how these can be firmly embedded in the curriculum to support student understanding

  • Examine interleaving teaching and retrieval strategies that could be adopted within their own practice

  • Develop a secure understanding of how to structure different exam style questions to fully support the needs of all students


1 - Understanding GCSE assessment15 January 202417:00-18:00
2 - Exploring student performance15 January 202418:00-19:00
3 - Progression from KS3 to KS417 January 202417:00-18:00
4 - Retrieval practice17 January 202418:00-19:00
5 - Student recall18 January 202417:00-18:00
6 - Picking up the marks in an exam19 January 202417:00-18:00

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Our remote CPD courses for teachers are delivered across a series of sessions run at specific times and dates. Information on all course sessions can be found under the description of each course. To complete a course, all sessions are mandatory.

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