Debbie Williams, Computer Science, IT and Creative iMedia Subject Advisor
Whether you are new to teaching our IT courses or are just new to the redeveloped specification there are events to support you this year. In this blog I’ll give a roundup of our professional development courses, all which you can book via our Teach Cambridge website, Train@OCR page or our Events page.
This is a mandatory course for all teachers delivering any of our Cambridge National courses. It is a free eLearning course designed to prepare and support you for the delivery of the NEA set assignments. As it covers all Cambridge Nationals, if you do teach more than one you only need to do this course once. It is ideal to do together as part of a department meeting. It is available on demand from Teach Cambridge or Train@OCR.
This is our other free eLearning course specifically for the Cambridge National IT qualification. It gives insight into the internal assessment and your responsibilities. It would be ideal to use within a department meeting just before starting the NEA tasks with students. It is available on demand on from Teach Cambridge or Train@OCR.
This is a free webinar that gives you everything you need to know to get started. It is aimed at IT and non-specialist teachers. It’s great if you are teaching this year as it will signpost you to resources as well as give you an overview of the course structure and assessment requirements.
Sign up for 19 October 2023 4pm-6.30pm
Sign up for 14 May 2024 4pm-6.30pm
These free webinars are held regularly throughout the year to give an opportunity for us to share any subject updates we have and for you to ask questions. It’s helpful to us if you send any questions beforehand to firstname.lastname@example.org, but you can also join to listen to other centres queries.
Sign up for 20 September 2023 4pm-5pm
Sign up for 8 February 2024 4pm-5pm
Sign up for 19 June 2024 4pm-5pm
Remember, you don’t have to wait for one of these sessions to ask questions. You can email us anytime and we will do our best to answer you.
This is an online session for new, experienced and non-specialist teachers. It gives you the opportunity to look in depth at the NEA units, building on the eLearning and free courses we already offer.
Sign up for 15 November 2023 10am-4pm
Sign up for 8 December 2023 10am-4pm
Sign up for 7 February 2024 10am-4pm
Sign up for 24 April 2024 10am-4pm
These free webinars are held regularly throughout the year to give you an opportunity to ask questions of a moderator, one of the team of people who look at the sample work you send to us. It’s helpful if you send any questions beforehand to email@example.com, but it’s also great to just join to listen to queries from other centres.
Sign up for 11 October 2023 4pm-5pm
Sign up for 6 December 2023 4pm-5pm
Sign up for 6 March 2024 4pm-5pm
Sign up for 8 May 2024 4pm-5pm
These free webinars give you an opportunity to ask an examiner questions around the R050 terminal exam. These will focus on the preparation for the exam series in January and June. I would attend these sessions to get to grips with how I was going to approach teaching and learning to prepare students for the exam. It’s helpful if you send any questions beforehand to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up for 14 November 2023 4pm-5pm
Sign up for 12 June 2024 4pm-5pm
This course is the one for you if you want more support to deliver R070, our Augmented Reality (AR) unit. It will build on the free courses we offer. It gives you an understanding of the delivery and assessment of the unit.
Sign up for 16 November 2023 1:30pm-4pm
This course helps with R070, our AR unit. It will build on the free courses we offer. This session focuses on the AR software development kits (SDKs), and the tools and techniques needed to develop the prototype for the NEA.
Sign up for 28 November 2023 1:30pm-4pm
This is an opportunity to develop your knowledge of the terminal exam R050. It builds on our free events and is a longer session to allow time for a hands-on approach. You will use the candidate exemplars and practice papers to review topic areas. It would be ideal if you could attend together with your colleagues, or it could be something to share afterwards with others in your team.
Sign up for 21 November 2023 4pm-6.30pm
Sign up for 20 February 2024 4pm-6.30pm
Don’t forget, we hold regular free online teacher network meetings. You can find out when the next one is on the teacher network page. Alternatively, if you fancy hosting your own network meeting for you and centres local to you, with support from us, either in person or virtually, please email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up for the next teacher network
If you think there is any additional professional development we could offer, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our contact details are below.
If you have any questions, you can email us at email@example.com, call us on 01223 553998 or tweet us @OCR_ICT. You can also sign up to subject updates and and receive information about resources and support.
Debbie joined the Computing team in September 2022, bringing her knowledge as a teacher and subject leader for IT, Computing and Creative Media. She has over 20 years’ experience of education working in various settings including state schools, private specialist provision, local authority, and as a marker and moderator for exam boards. She has a degree in Technology Management, a PGCE and a Masters in Teaching and Learning.