Our hybrid approach to learning combines traditional classroom experiences and digital course delivery, all taught by practising teachers.
The course covers curriculum design, development of teaching materials, planning classroom activities and classroom management. Trainees will work with tutors and fellow trainees to develop innovative and exciting ways of delivering your knowledge of computing in the 11-16 context with post-16 enhancements.
At KS3 the computing programme of study is divided into information technology, digital literacy and computer science. We will investigate each strand, emphasising the computational thinking skills that are common to all three.
Most schools in England deliver computer science at GCSE. We will build on your subject knowledge, giving you the confidence to teach and possibly to lead in this fast-growing subject.
There is a national shortage of teachers who can deliver post-16 computer science qualifications. One of the aims of this course is to introduce the programming paradigms required at A-level, in particular in the delivery of the NEA programming project.
As well as the Red Kite Hub days, as a computing trainee you will have additional training from the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), whose Computer Science GCSE Accelerator programme is integrated into the course. As well as receiving your QTS, you will obtain a professionally recognised training certificate, awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The part-time computing course is QTS-only as this programme has extra subject knowledge input and more focus on practical teaching application.