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As leaders in the development of computer science qualifications, OCR is pleased to support the Computing at School (CAS) Annual Conference this week (13 – 14 June). The conference is packed with a range of plenary sessions and workshops, giving delegates the opportunity to learn from experienced teachers and lecturers who are about to introduce computer science into their classroom.
OCR was the first awarding body to introduce a GCSE in Computing and our experts will be in attendance to talk about the exciting work that we’re doing with CAS and other leading IT organisations. Alison Pearce, OCR ICT Curriculum Leader will join a panel of experts on Thursday evening to answer delegate questions and engage in discussion.
On 15 June, OCR will also be supporting CAS’ #define event – a workshop for 11-13 year olds designed to increase the diversity of students studying computer science and introduce a new generation of children to this growing subject. Over 150 secondary schoolchildren will be joined by parents and teachers for this sell-out event where Alison will be holding a midday presentation to speak about diversity and what OCR is doing to promote inclusion.
The third and final part of a video discussion on the future of ICT education, hosted by www.computing.co.uk and starring OCR Qualification Group Manager for ICT and Computing, Phill Bryant, is now available online.
Phill joined a panel of four experts – including Ian Livingstone, Government skills champion and co-author of the Next Gen report, Joanna Poplawska, Co-founder of the Corporate IT Forum Education and Skills Commission and Crispin Weston, Chairman of the BSI Education and Training Standards Committee – to talk about ICT education.
In part 3, they discuss what ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) means for schools. The rest of the discussion is also available online and includes “Part 1: Defining the digital citizen” and “Part 2: How can ICT improve the teaching process?”
More information about OCR’s computing qualifications, as well as access to a range of resources to use with the Raspberry Pi, is available on the computing page.