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1 Computer Science in Schools Conference

2 WELCOME TO THE COMPUTER SCIENCE IN SCHOOLS CONFERENCE Professor Hastings McKenzie Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences Staffordshire University

3 COMPUTER SCIENCE IN SCHOOLS – A JOURNEY TOGETHER Dr Nick Cook Lecturer in Computing Science at Newcastle University and Academic Coordinator (p/t) for CAS/BCS Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science

4 Computer Science in Schools A journey together Nick Cook Lecturer, School of Computing Science, Newcastle University and CAS/BCS NoE Academic Coordinator 4

5 A journey … 5

6 6 Start with what we know... How do they do that? By numbers of course...

7 7

8 8 There is an algorithm for that... for each pix in picture: ave = average(pix.r, pix.g, pix.b) pix.r = ave pix.g = ave pix.b = ave See Roger Davies' resource on CAS Communityhttp://community.computingat school.org.uk/resources/1627http://community.computingat school.org.uk/resources/1627 Credit to Mark Guzdial, Georgia Tech

9 The national curriculum entitlement... 9 Tools to solve problems The toolkit to work out how tools work The toolkit to create tools Another way of looking at our world – Patterns to manage complexity But don't panic! It is not a race, you are not alone I was worried that the kids would be bored or could not cope. But they loved it! OFSTED singled out the project with the High School and University for special praise.

10 Help and collaboration 10 CAS and the CAS/BCS Network of Excellence – Sharing resources – Progression pathways, curriculum development – CPD Master Teachers, Universities, MOOCs – BCS certification of Computer Science teaching STEMNet and others …

11 Links 11 Primary Barefoot Computing Roadshow, 15 July CAS Communityhttp://community.computingatschool.org.ukhttp://community.computingatschool.org.uk Roger Davies' resources Teaching London Computing (CS4FN) CS-Unplugged

12 The Changing Landscape of Computer Science in Schools Mike Wills - OCR Mike is a member of the team at OCR responsible for the development of new GCSE and A level qualifications, and then for supporting you through the delivery of the courses. Chair - Robin Oldham Academic Recruitment Manager, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences Paul Maddock – Staffordshire University Award Leader for PGCE Computer Science at Staffordshire University Nick Cook BCS/CAS Network of Excellence

13 ICT & Computing What are the changes? Mike Wills, ICT & Computing Subject Specialist

14 AS/A2 Computer Science First teaching: Sept 2015 Overview (A2): Computer systems (2.5 hour paper, 140 marks) - 40% Algorithms & programming (2.5 hour paper, 140 marks) – 40% Programming project (CA, 70 marks) – 20% First AS exams: June 2016 First A2 exams: June 2017 Draft specification and resources: /

15 GCSE Computer Science First teaching: Sept 2016 DFE will release the content to all exam boards shortly. The structure could follow that of the A2: More emphasis on programming 80% exam (still to be confirmed) A more academic subject Included in the EBACC as a Science First exams: June 2018 Transition resources will be produced by OCR Further expo’s to follow *Last teaching of current specification: Sept 2015 (exam June 2017) Current specification and resources: /

16 ICT Ofqual recently announced that ICT will be considered for redevelopment First teaching from Sept 2017 Therefore, last teaching of current specification: Sept 2016 (exam June 2018) What will this new qualification look like? An academic subject, 100% exam? Follow the structure of the GCE/GCSE CS More information about the GCSE & GCE reform from Ofqual: Current specifications (Entry level, GCSE, GCE, applied GCE):

17 Timeline First teaching of GCSE CS First teaching of AS/A2 CS First teaching of new ICT quals First GCSE exams for CS First A2 exams for CS First AS exams for CS Final cohort for existing AS/A2 CS Final cohort for existing GCSE CS EXISTING NEW Final A2 exams for existing CS Final AS exams for existing CS June 2015 Sept 2015 June 2016 Sept 2016 June 2017 Sept 2017 June 2018 Sept 2014 Final cohort for existing ICT quals Final exams for GCSE CS Final exams for existing ICT quals

18 Thank you for listening… We’re always very happy to have further discussions outside of this meeting, @ocr_ICT

19 The Changing Landscape of Computer Science in Schools Mike Wills - OCR Mike is a member of the team at OCR responsible for the development of new GCSE and A level qualifications, and then, of course,for supporting you through the delivery of the courses. Chair - Robin Oldham Academic Recruitment Manager, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences Paul Maddock – Staffordshire University Award Leader for PGCE Computer Science at Staffordshire University Nick Cook BCS/CAS Network of Excellence

20 Schools, Universities and Industry working together Stuart Ball – Microsoft – Partners in Learning Partners in Learning UK Programme Manager Chair - Robin Oldham Academic Recruitment Manager, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences Tony Homer – Staffordshire STEM Centre – STEM Ambassadors Deputy Director of the Staffordshire STEM Centre Sara Buckley – Outreach Manager, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences Staffordshire University BCS/CAS Network of Excellence


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