New subject leaders of secondary computing - face to face CP211

For new subject leaders of computing, or those looking to progress their career through curriculum leadership.


Moving into curriculum leadership can feel like be a big step. Whether you are new to the role, or looking to progress in the future, this course will build confidence and clarity allowing you to succeed.

Written by experienced department leaders, and based in the most recent evidence of 'what works', you'll come away with an informed set of goals and the tools to make it happen. Taking place across multiple sessions, you’ll get ongoing feedback as you progress and sustained support afterwards as you implement and monitor the impact of your professional learning.

This course is also available via live, remote delivery

Who is it for?

New and aspiring curriculum leaders of computing in secondary schools. 

What topics are covered?

01 | You and your department - understand aspects of your role, and how these may differ between schools. Develop a positive and viable vision for the computing department. Plan how to engage the teaching team and other stakeholders with the vision

02 | Developing the capability of the teaching team - be able to accurately evaluate the skills and knowledge of the teaching team. Plan to effectively support individuals to improve their computing teaching capability.

03 | A successful curriculum - consider the intent of computing curriculum design and implementation. Improve knowledge of qualification routes in computing and associated subjects. Plan how to promote computing careers and further study and generate a shared passion for the subject among teachers and students.

04 | Strategy to implement the vision; how will you know what has worked? - understand what a successful computing department looks like. Learn and rehearse effective techniques for evaluating the impact of teaching and learning in the computing department. Plan evidence-based development plans and targets for the computing department that align with individual, and whole-school, priorities.

05 | Impact on students; how the team uses data - consider the range of data that can be drawn upon or generated to inform improvement in the computing department. Recognise the roles of teachers and middle leaders in regards to strategic use of data. Plan interventions that are effective and efficient in terms of teacher workload.

06 | Leadership and management - recognise and develop aspects of leadership and management skill in relation to curriculum leaders. Plan how to work effectively with line managers and school leaders and to evidence improvement efforts. Be prepared to hold challenging conversations with colleagues.

How will you learn?

You’ll engage with active learning in groups including direct instruction, hands-on activities and challenge-based learning.

How long is this course?

This course is approximately six hours in duration, split across multiple sessions.


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

  • improve your understanding of the role of a computing subject leader
  • adopt evidence-based practise to improve effectiveness and manage workload
  • develop a vision and lead the development of the department, confidently engaging with school leaders and inspectors 
  • understand the capability of the teaching team and how to help individual teachers to develop, utilising a range of support
  • be confident in establishing the curriculum intent and monitoring its implementation and impact

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