Why teaching computer science is important
We want our students to understand and play an active role in the digital world that surrounds them, not to be passive consumers of opaque and mysterious technology. A sound understanding of computer science concepts will help students see how to get the best from the systems they use, and how to solve problems when things go wrong. In a world filled with technology, every school-leaver should have an understanding of computer science and be digitally literate.
The qualities that make an outstanding computer science teacher
A great computer science teacher must have a passion and understanding of computer science. They must be able to hold the interest of pupils of all abilities, as some concepts can be particularly difficult. Most importantly they must be creative in their delivery.
Subject knowledge needed to teach computer science
Computer science teachers help students understand how computers work, covering scientific and mathematical concepts behind them, their hardware and software components. They may also teach students how to use programming languages and write programmes and algorithms, an understanding of Python is a must!
A good starting point for improving your subject knowledge, or working on any areas of weakness is the BBC Bitesize website. Looking at the National Curriculum for this subject will also be beneficial, as it will give you an overview of which topics are covered.
Overview of our computer science course
Sept: Core training and mini placements
Oct: Subject-specific training, core training and first teaching placement preparation
Nov-Dec: First teaching placement (6 weeks) and Durham University Teaching Conference (1 week)
Jan: Core training, subject-specific training and mini placements
Feb: Subject-specific training and second teaching placement preparation
Feb-May: Second teaching placement (11 weeks)
Jun: Personalised mini placement and QTS (qualified teacher status) interview
We provide ongoing, bespoke, subject specific SCITT Tutor support throughout your entire programme. Our SEDD (Subject Enhancement and Delivery Days) programme enable trainees to work with various heads of department and outstanding teachers in their subject areas. You will also work with expert computer science teachers during your two teaching placements.
The benefits of training to teach computer science with North East SCITT
Secondary teacher training courses
(11-16 with KS2 enhancement and post-16 enhancement):
To attain qualified teacher status, trainees will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards in the age phases of their course. They must teach and demonstrate that they achieve the Teachers’ Standards in the specific and consecutive age ranges.
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