Recommended courses for education recovery

On this page, you can explore our curated selection of CPD for education recovery, subdivided into recommendations for primary and secondary phases.

Select if you are interested in primary or secondary school CPD to skip to your section:

Building blocks for primary schools

Introduction to primary computing
(face to face
or live remote)

Helping teachers – who may have had priorities elsewhere in the curriculum – to re-engage with computing.
Outstanding primary computing for all (face to face)

Ensuring that the primary computing curriculum is inclusive, challenging, engaging and lays the foundations for future study.
Leading primary computing (face to face or live remote)

Support for subject leaders to raise the profile and impact of primary computing, and develop an effective curriculum.
Careers and enrichment in primary computing with STEM Ambassadors in your region (live remote)

Short remote course for this important stage in envisioning future careers. How to engage STEM Ambassadors (including online).
Assessment of primary computing (face to face)

Formative and summative assessment of subject knowledge, programming, and computational thinking.
Assessing computational thinking in primary schools (live remote)

A short course providing practical guidance on the assessment of key thinking skills in primary computing.
Programming pedagogy in primary schools: developing computing teaching (online)

Examine a range of teaching methods suitable for teaching programming, particularly block-based programming languages, to primary school pupils.
Primary programming and algorithms (face to face or live remote)

Support for effective teaching of programming, an aspect of computing that has been difficult during the past year.

Building blocks for secondary schools

Computer Science Accelerator in the Summer (blended - face to face and remote and online)

Intensive pathway CPD sequences to achieve our subject knowledge certificate in a compressed period.
Computing as a second subject for non-specialist teachers (live remote)

Introductory CPD for those looking to transition into the subject. Includes pathways for teachers from a range of first subjects.
New subject leaders of secondary computing (face to face) or
(live remote)

Building capability of a team to deliver an excellent computing curriculum. Helping subject leaders to raise the profile of computing at a time of conflicting whole-school priorities.
Enriching secondary computing with STEM Ambassadors in your region (live remote)

Short remote course to help teachers engage with the STEM Ambassador offer, promoting careers and the importance of digital skills.
Impact of technology: how to lead classroom discussions (online)

Online CPD (can be followed as a cohort, with additional hub support on reflection/implementation (CP306) on an activity that has suffered greatly under lockdown.
KS3 creative curriculum design and implementation
(module 1 - live remote)
(module 1 - face to face) and
(module 2 - face to face) and
(module 3 - face to face)

Series of three linked courses, supporting curriculum leaders to prioritise and contextualise KS3 computing to meet their evolving needs, while ensuring long-term progression and attainment.
Collaboration in KS3 programming (live remote)

Improving engagement through programming collaboration, an activity that was severely curtailed during the pandemic.
Assessment and progression in KS3 computing (face to face)

Introductory CPD for teachers new to computing. Progression | formative and summative assessment methods | assessing programming (also short remote course on assessment).
KS3 computing for the non-specialist teacher (face to face) or
(live remote)

A day-long primer on the secondary computing curriculum for teachers, especially those who may be deployed to ‘pick-up’ computing in addition to a main subject.
Solving computational problems in KS3 computing (live remote)

While programming basics may have been teachable in the past year, practical computing has seen disruption. Complex problem solving skills have suffered, but are due to return to prominence as GCSE assessment normalises.
Encouraging girls into GCSE computer science (live remote)

Short remote course to help teachers improve recruitment of female students into GCSE computer science.
Higher attainment in GCSE computer science (face to face) or
(live remote)

Understand how exams are written and marked, and how students can achieve their top potential when using awarding body materials.
Teaching GCSE series
(module 1 - live remote)
(module 1 - face to face) and
(module 2 - face to face) and
(module 3 - face to face)

A series of three linked courses that build on subject knowledge to help teachers develop pedagogy and practice, becoming great teachers of computing.