Teaching GCSE Computer Science: Python Programming - 2 Day CPD Course (London)

Westminster Briefing has developed a two day CPD course for teachers of all abilities focusing on skills in Python programming relevant to all GCSE Computing specifications. Delegates will be presented with a progression of teaching ideas aimed at engaging their pupils, de-stressing the process of programming, and reusing key ICT concepts to support computational thinking. No previous programming experience is needed and self-taught programmers will be given a structure. The trainers will demonstrate fast debugging techniques, differentiation strategies and focus on the development of computational thinking through problem solving skills.

Details of the two day programming course can be found below:

Day 1 - Hands-On GCSE Overview and Understanding Programming

  • Overview of the GCSE concepts, assessment criteria and how best to prepare for them
  • Resources for teaching the theory aspects of the course and a review of the exams 
  • Developing applications in Python that hone the skills required for the actual tasks
  • Creating user interfaces, validation, formatted output
  • Variable assignment, data types, and selection iteration
  • Please view the agenda for full details

Day 2 - Advanced Skills

  • Identifying the key characteristics of student success at GCSE
  • Advanced Python: data storage and manipulation, and solving problems
  • BYOB: Learning to use this and creating simple programs
  • Looking at Controlled Assessment-type skills
  • Examples of sample assessment material from different exam boards
  • Please view the agenda for full details


Delegates will each work at a computer, and receive collective and individual tuition throughout the day. This is a practical training course that will help you teach GCSE computing.

Courses run from 9.40am - 4.20pm, and include lunch and refreshments.

Booking Information:

For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657

You may also use the booking form to register if you only wish to attend one or two of the scheduled days. If you wish to book a large group or have any questions please contact us using the details above.

Monday 5th February 2018

9.40am - 4.20pm each day (including lunch and refreshments)

Central London (exact venue TBA)

£345 per person for both days (excl. VAT).
The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

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