Two CPD Computing courses starting next week and another two free workshops with Paul Curzon

Happy New Year to all our readers :)

I’m delighted to announce that Paul Curzon will be running another two workshops in January and free tickets (via Eventbrite) will go live soon, but in the meantime please make a note of these dates.

Workshops (free)
The first will be on Monday 19 January from 5.30pm to 7pm, on Computational thinking: searching to speak. The second will be on Monday 26 January at the same time with the workshop title to be confirmed.

Tickets for the first workshop are now live.

CPD Computing courses (not free)
We’ve two different short courses beginning next week.

The first course is £300 (or £150 for London teachers thanks to subsidised funding from the Mayor of London). The second is £1,000 (£500 for London teachers).

And… while we have your attention – we’re keen to find out more about what people want from training courses, please could you help by answering our survey? Thank you.

***London Computing teachers*** – please fill in our short survey
We would like to understand more about the training needs that Computing teachers in London have and we’ve developed a short survey to help us find out more. If you are a Computing teacher based in London your participation will be very helpful. There’s an opportunity to sign up for class sets of free booklets once you’ve completed the survey which should take no more than five minutes to complete.

Please visit to take part in our survey and pass this link on to colleagues.

Other courses, events and support for Computing teachers – a mini round-up

Teaching London Computing is one of several projects that support teachers in delivering the new curriculum. If you’re new to teaching Computing, or need a refresher there are lots of sources of information online and events around the UK. Here are a few examples.
A great place to start is Computing At School (CAS) which is free to join and has an active discussion forum as well as a free listing of events.

Computing At School:

Diversity in Computing Conference 2014 – from Computing At School
The CAS #include Diversity in Computing Conference is an opportunity for teachers, professionals and academics to meet specialists in our 5 focus strands. Our strands are Gender, Ethnicity, Disability, Socio-Economic Status and SEN. The event will be a mixture of key note speeches and workshops. You will be able to choose to attend two out of our five workshops and gain an insight into how to promote inclusion in your chosen area.

It takes place (not in London) on Saturday 15 November 2014 from 10am to 3:30pm in Kingswinford.

#include – Computer Science for everyone, @CASinclude,

There are also some one-day courses for teachers such as “Moving from GCSE to A-Level OCR Computing” from Philip Allan Events / Hodder Education which takes place on Monday 10 November 2014, in London, from 10.15 to 4pm. There will also be an AQA course running on Monday 17 November 2014.

“We have designed this workshop to make sure your students perform to their highest level in AS and A2 Computing by providing you with in-depth advice on teaching the subject.”

Philip Allan Events for Teachers (Computing):

If you can’t easily attend a class in person there are online courses too such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) – here’s one at Warwick University which started on 16 October but is still taking registrations.

Computing for Teachers MOOC:
“This free online computer science course is aimed at teachers preparing to deliver the new computing curriculum. It will prepare you with the necessary subject knowledge and programming skills to be confident in teaching computing up to GCSE. The course provides in-depth coverage across 3 areas:
• Computing concepts,
• Programming in Python,
• How to teach the concepts”

Please note: as we do not know the detailed content of others’ courses we can’t endorse them – but we thought you might like to know about what other people and organisations are up to. We’re happy to mention free or paid-for courses and events on our pages that are relevant to London teachers (and we don’t charge for listing information, or accept any advertising ‘fee’).

Teaching London Computing’s new CPD A-level Computing course features on the #LondonEd website, via @LLSinfo

Teaching London Computing is one of several projects funded by the Mayor of London’s ‘London Schools Excellence Fund’ (LSEF). You can find out more about the funded projects on the LondonEd website (which is part of the London Leadership Strategy @LLSinfo) on their blog.

London Ed

The Logo for the LondonEd website

This is also a site where the projects can share their learning with each other, and everyone else, and there’s some good advice in their ‘Sharing our learning‘ document (PDF) for anyone who has a message they want to share with others.

Their post on the Teaching London Computing project – CPD for Teachers of A-Level Computing – highlights our new course for teachers of A-level Computing (which will run from 18-22 August 2014) and also mentions our free booklet (also available to download as a PDF) on human factors in computing: Searching to Speak.

If you would like to find out more about our A-level course please visit the course page, and you are welcome to sign up to our mailing list to hear more about our future courses, free resources and workshops.