Paul Curzon’s workshop at #CASconf2014 (Computing At School conference)

A couple of people have shared YouTube videos and photos of Paul’s workshop at the Birmingham CAS conference this weekend – thank you very much, we’re glad you enjoyed it and here’s a collection of the tweets below.

All the free resources that Paul mentioned in his workshop can be downloaded from our section on Inspiring unplugged classroom resources.

Paul has a few free workshops coming up in London:



Two new free computing workshops with Paul Curzon – 4pm, 25 Jun & 9 July in Hackney

We’re delighted to announce that Paul Curzon will be running another two free workshops for Computing teachers in London. These will take place in a school in Hackney on Wednesday 25 June (A) and Wednesday 9 July 2014 (B).

Workshop A – Invisible Palming! Intelligent paper? So what is an algorithm?
4pm, Wednesday 25 June 2014
Cardinal Pole School, 205 Morning Ln, Hackney, London E9 6LG

Workshop BProgramming Unplugged: Learning programming without computers
4pm, Wednesday 9 July 2014
Cardinal Pole School, 205 Morning Ln, Hackney, London E9 6LG
Eventbrite - FREE workshop with Teaching London Computing - programming unplugged for a free place.

Our other events and courses
FREE: Paul is also presenting a talk “Teaching Computing Unplugged to Young Children” for primary school computing teachers, on 8 July 2014 at a two-day workshop event at Goldsmiths in London. Please note that registration for this event is via Goldsmiths (given in link).

NOT FREE: We also have a new short course for GCSE Computing teachers which will take place at KCL from 4-8 August (Mon-Fri) 2014. “Computing CPD GCSE Summer Holiday (1-week intensive)” costs £150 for London teachers and £300 for those outside London (if space is available)




*New course* Computing CPD GCSE Summer Holiday (1-week intensive)

Teaching London Computing will be hosting a week-long intensive CPD course in GCSE Computing at its KCL site in the week beginning 4th August 2014.

You will need to book directly through King’s website (look for the ‘Apply’ tab).

Computing CPD GCSE Summer Holiday

4 August 2014 to 8 August 2014
One week: 5 days full time
10am – 4pm for 5 days

King’s College London, Waterloo Campus

This course has been developed in collaboration with the Computer Science Department at Queen Mary University of London

Academic Lead
Margaret Derrington (KCL)

William Marsh (QMUL)
Tricia Lockhart (KCL)

Entry requirements
Qualified Teacher Status in ICT or experience of teaching ICT in a secondary school. It will help to have some experience of a ‘drag and drop’ programming language such as Scratch and perhaps turtle drawing programs like LOGO. Teachers who have absolutely no experience of programming and prefer a slower start may prefer to do the Primary to KS3 course which looks at ‘drag and drop’ programming in Scratch and LOGO rather than Python and ‘unplugged’ activities for understanding how computers work.

The course is aimed at experienced ICT teachers who would like to develop their subject knowledge in order to teach the new Compting Curriculum and the new Computing GCSEs.

Course overview
The aim of this course is to prepare ICT teachers for the new Computing Curriculum and to give them the subject knowledge to teach Computing/Computer Science up to GCSE level and to give them the confidence to set up Computer Science courses in their schools. The programming language used is Python3 and we assume that participants will be ICT teachers and that they will have at least tried out Scratch. Python 3 and Scratch are free downloads.

How is the course taught?
Online materials in KEATS include recorded lectures, forums and online tests. Face to face workshops will focus on practical programming work. To get the best out of the course, participants should expect to do additional study using the VLE and continue to practice programming between classes. It will help to have some knowledge of a ‘drag and drop’ programming language such as Scratch.

What will I get out of it?
The intended outcomes are that students will learn and understand the subject knowledge to begin teaching computing and programming at KS3 and KS4 ie from Year 7 up to GCSE

Fees & other information
This course is partly funded through the Teaching London Computing project run by Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with King’s College London.

A number of teachers in London schools will benefit by receiving a 50% discount on the cost of the course through funding received by the Teaching London Computing (TLC) project from the London Schools Excellence Fund.

So for London Teachers the course costs £150
and for teachers from outside London £300.