With the release of the updated GCSE (9-1) Computer Science J277 specification, we wanted to let you know that we’re working hard to ensure that all resources you need are being updated and produced in time for September 2020 first teach.
For some with a three year KS4, you have perhaps already started to deliver J277 to Year 9 – as they will be sitting the exam in June 2022.
As you will have read in our Bits and Bytes newsletters, we are updating and revising all teacher delivery packs to reflect the updates in J277. We are also updating our schemes of work so that you can get early sight of how the updates may shape your planning.
At the same time, we are creating a second set of practice papers to help familiarise both you and your students with the examinations and these will be released via Interchange, to give you the chance of delivering an "unseen" mock exam in the future.
Our updates allow for creative delivery of coding. Therefore, we are looking at creating further programming resources to support the flexibility now offered by J277 in teaching coding.
To answer your question, I’ve listed eight actions you can take to ensure you’re prepared well in advance of September 2020.
Keeping up-to-date can feel daunting – but by taking early steps now, you can be confident that you will be on top of planning and preparation for September 2020.
We will, of course, be providing more support in the future to further support your transition.
Ceredig Cattanach-Chell - Subject Advisor - Computer science
Ceredig joined OCR in September 2015 incorporating his breadth of experience from education to support the reform and development of the new GCSE (9-1) Computer Science and Entry Level R354. A keen advocate of the challenges faced within the classroom, Ceredig led on the concept and delivery of teacher delivery packs, which have become one of the flagships for the new GCSE’s success with teachers. Prior to joining OCR, Ceredig had eight years of education and teaching experience across a wide range of schools, including primary, secondary, academies and SEN sectors. Ceredig has a degree in Computer Science from Liverpool University and Post Grads from Liverpool Hope and Cambridge Universities. Outside of work, Ceredig is a keen modeller/painter, gamer and all-around geek. From wildlife to war games, his varied hobbies ensure that he is never just ‘sitting down watching the box’.