Summer Term 2017


8th June

Price: £260 + VAT

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London West

13th June

Price: £260 + VAT

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Teach Programming for Key Stage 3 Computing


This course is ideally suited to those with little or no prior experience of text-based programming. It is designed to equip and prepare teachers of ICT/computing and middle leaders with the confidence, inspiration and motivation they need to introduce and develop Python as a text-based programming language in their school’s Computing curriculum.  As well as providing you with a whole host of high quality resources, Alan will focus a great deal of emphasis on the pedagogy of teaching computer science through programming. Expect to experience a variety of ways to develop your confidence teaching computing with your own classes using Python. Alan will always match the course content to best suit the needs of those participating.


Please note that delegates must:


  • Bring a fully charged laptop to the course
  • An HTML 5 enabled browser, ie. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, latest version of Internet Explorer.
  • Download Python Version 3.4 from prior to the course


This course includes:

  • Superb course materials
  • Refreshments and a two course lunch


  • Quickly build confidence in teachers to teach programming without fear
  • Identify and develop pedagogical approaches to teaching Python to pupils
  • Develop teacher competence and an understanding of Python’s strengths and limitations
  • Provide teachers with a scheme of work suitable for use in their own school
  • Inspire teachers to consider a range of approaches to teach programming
  • Give an insight into teaching GCSE computing coursework assignments

Course Outline

  • 09:00am - 
  • 03:00pm
Session 1: Why Python?
  • Meeting expectations
  • Hello world
  • Syntax errors and logical errors
  • Building a ‘chatbot’
Session 2: Computational Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Datatypes and data representation
  • Variables and operators
  • Sequence, selection and iteration
  • Documentation, support and resources
Session 3: Coding Dojo
  • Agreeing a focus
  • Developing solutions
  • Sharing solutions
  • GCSE computing coursework task


Alan O’Donohoe

Through his work in the classroom, Alan has earned an excellent reputation within computer science education and has a wealth of experience in delivering courses which have been consistently graded by teachers and inspectors as "outstanding". Despite having no previous computer science background, Alan first introduced the subject into his school in 2007 and GCSE computing in 2010. Alan was one of the first DfE Computing At School master teachers, and is the founder of both Raspberry Jam (the global community for people to discover the potential of the Raspberry Pi) and Hack To The Future. Thousands of teachers have used Alan’s resources for teaching computing and his work has featured in The Guardian, TES, The Sunday Times and on the BBC.