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Darren Travi

Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (BST)

Preparing to teach A-Level Computer Science

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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

Preparing to teach A-Level Computer Science

July 1, 2017 at 9:30AM

Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

A one-day theory course for teachers currently offering or considering A-Level Computer Science. (This course is ideally suited for teachers who have been teaching GCSE Computing for some time.)

With movement towards linear A Levels introduced last year, our training will provide information and resources for teaching the more demanding, new topics for the new A-Level course, in a way which will give teachers confidence. It will provide them with teaching ideas to enable them to teach the course in a fun and engaging way. Delegates will go away for lots of resources to help them through the first year of teaching the course.

Session 1 - Which specification should I choose?
- Overview of different boards, a look at the different specifications, and guidance on deciding what is the best specification for you

Session 2 - Fundamentals of programming and Computational Thinking:
- Computational thinking
- Standard and complex algorithms
- Efficiency of different algorithms
- Algorithms for the main data structures - trees, stacks and queues
- Object-oriented programming
- Review of typical new model examination questions

Session 3 - Maths for Computer Science:
- Fundamentals of data representation, different number formats, number bases, units conversations, floating point, mantissa two’s compliment, and unsigned binary
- Boolean algebra and circuits AND, OR, NOT, NAND, XOR AND NOR

Session 4 - Approaching the theory topics:
[This is a practical session on the requirements of what pupils are expected to know]
- Machine architecture and the Fetch Execute Cycle
- Role of JavaScript in the new A-Level specification

Session 5 - How to approach the Computing project:
- What is involved in planning, developing and producing documentation for the A-Level coursework?


Darren Travi and Ilia Avroutine

There are two teachers on this course, both of whom have extensive experience of teaching Computer Science at GCSE and A Level. Ilia and Darren are extensively involved with the a major GCSE Examinations Board, providing resources, training, assessment and examinations

Darren Travi
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. Darren 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 Computing At School and has successfully delivered a series of CPD events supporting teachers at Primary and Secondary phase.

Ilia Avroutine
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. Ilia 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.

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


Darren Travi,

Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

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Royal Grammar School
Amersham Road
HP13 6QT High Wycombe
United Kingdom

Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 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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