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Darren Travi

Friday, October 21, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)

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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

Preparing to Teach GCSE Computing 9 – 1 

Central London 

Friday October 21, 2016 at 9:00AM

St James's Church,197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9L

With the change in the assessment for GCSE Computing our training will bring the skills and confidence needed to teach interesting the new specifications in a fun and engaging way. This course is ideally suited for teachers who have been teaching GCSE Co

Session 1 Overview of the course:
Overview of different boards comparisons looking at exam assessment systems and the role of the Non Exam Assessment.

Session 2 Machine Architecture:
Bits, Bytes, Binary Logic and Boolean Algebra;
Parts of a CPU and the Fetch Execute Cycle;
Illustration of CPU operation: sequencing with the Little Man Computer;
New Model Questions.

Session 3 Computer Systems Paper:
Introduction to networks – LANs, WANs, network topologies. Protocols, MAC and IP addressing;
New Model Examination Questions.

Session 4 Algorithms and Programming Paper:
Effective and efficient algorithms using pseudocode and flowcharts;
How to implement binary, linear searches;
New Model Examination Questions.

Session 5 How to Approach Non-Examinations Assessment Task:
Overview and documentation guidance;
Preventing plagiarism and explaining the mystery of testing.


Darren Travi, Ilia Avroutine and Paul Long

Darren is Head of Computing at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. He is also a CAS Master Teacher and leads the Buckinghamshire CAS Hub. He has been teaching A-Level Computer Science since the 1990s and GCSE Computing since the course started in 2010. He has been an active and leading member of CAS and has successfully delivered a series of CPD events aimed at supporting teachers at all levels, from Primary right up to Secondary. Darren is also a lead trainer for OCR's GCSE Computing courses, and has been a member of its assessment and examination team for a number of years.

Ilia teaches Computer Science at the Royal Grammar School. He has taught A-Level Computer Science for five years, having previously taught Computing in Canada. He co-leads the CAS Bucks Hub and has run a number of training events around the country. He has a wide experience of teaching Computing and has co-authored the new Key Stage 3 Computing textbook for Hodders. He has also been appointed a lead trainer for OCR on the “Debugging the Problem” Python course, and is an examiner for OCR A-Level Computer Science.

Paul has a first class honours degree in Computer Science; and in 1997 started teaching IT at Key Stage 3 and GCSE, and Computer Science at A Level. Formerly he was principal moderator/examiner for OCR’s A-Level ICT course, covering the 2513 Structured Tasks Coursework, and then for OCR's G062 coursework in its first year, after which he left OCR to focus on a consultancy business. He has worked in maintained schools for 15 years, including nine years as Head of Department. He has worked alongside the development team for the new AQA GCSE Computer Science specification and has been a reviewer for the new NEA assessment material. He is currently working freelance as a consultant and provides training in ICT and Computer Science.

All materials and resources used on this course will be made available to all delegates after the course.


Darren Travi,

St James's Church

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St James's Church
197 Piccadilly
W1J 9L London
United Kingdom

Friday, October 21, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)

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Darren Travi

CAS Master Teacher: Leader Bucks CAS Hub, CAS Master Teacher, Head Of Computing, Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6QT
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