Computer Science in Schools Conference

Supporting the delivery of Computer Science

Our next Computer Science in Schools conference is due to take place on Friday 7 July 2017. We will be releasing more information as it is finalised.

Keynote presentation 1

From Block to Text (PDF, file size: 2.29MB) - Discover games, tools and techniques to manage the transition from block-based programming to text-based programming.

Mr Andrew Csizmadia

Andrew Csizmadia is Senior Lecturer in Computer Science Education at Newman University Birmingham, where he teaches new computing teachers. He has supported in-service teachers in the transition from ICT to Computer Science through coordinating regional and national computing projects. Andrew was a member of the CAS Computational Thinking Working Group and a co-author of Computational Thinking: A guide for teachers, and is a member of the CAS Assessment Group. Currently, Andrew is the Secretary for ITTE and is the Academic Lead and Senior Assessor for the British Computer Society’s Certificate in Computer Science Teaching, which is an accreditation scheme for in-service computing teachers.

Keynote presentation 2

NEA in Computing qualifications (PDF, file size: 601.58KB)

Representatives from Exam Boards including Steven Kenny (AQA) and Vinay Thawait (OCR)

2017 Programme

08:30 - Registration Networking and Refreshments

09:15 - Welcome - Staffordshire University

09:30 - Keynote presentation 1

10:15 - Workshop Slot 1: Select one from the workshops below*

11:15 - Morning Refreshments

11:30 - Workshop Slot 2: Select one from the workshops below*

12:30 - Networking Lunch

13:30 - Panel Session

14:00 - Workshop Slot 3: Select one from the workshops below*


2017 Workshops:

Workshop Slot 1 - Choose 1 from: 

  •  Best practice in GCSE (9-1) Computer Science with NEA (PDF, file size: 4.2MB) - a brief look at how to succeed including:

    • OCR’s Computing Curriculum offer across the Key Stages (GQ and VQ qualifications) 
      Challenges and support available for teachers within a centre offering OCR’s qualification(s) 
      Teaching Computational Thinking (abstractly, ahead, procedurally and logically) - a discussion on approaches taken by attendees 
      NEA – guidance on the delivery, assessment, resources and administration.
      • Vinay Thawait (M.Sc. M. Phil. NPQH) - OCR Subject Specialist - Computer Science & ICT

  • Programming for the Web

    • JavaScript - teaching programming concepts building a simple web application
      • Janet Lawton - Staffordshire University

      • for materials presented in this session please contact Robin Oldham or Janet Lawton at Staffordshire University directly


  • Little Man Computer

    • Demystifying our jolly electronic postman.  How the Little Man Computer works and how to program it
      • Adam Poutney and Hardeep Mulvenna


  • Communicating and Networking 

    • Practical ways of teaching data transmission in networks through plugged and unplugged activities
      •  Keith Buncle CAS Regional Administrator, Master Teacher and former Hub Leader


 Workshop Slot 2 - Choose 1 from:


  • Step Up to A level

    • Problems schools are having in delivering the A level: including: sine magnitude, one's complement and two's complement.
      • Nik Rowlands – Cheslyn Hay with Troops to Teach Jason Kolmer (Outstanding Teacher)


  • Barefoot Computing (PDF, file size: 2.76MB) - Supporting teachers with computer science

    • Barefoot CAS provides a range of fun, engaging and FREE resources that help Schools deliver the Computing Curriculum.  In this workshop we will explain the background to the computing curriculum and through hands-on use of the resources participants can discover that teaching computing doesn’t always involve using a computer.    
      • Mike Brown - Barefoot expert volunteer - Manager Digital Operations GE Capital Industrial Finance


  • Lego Mindstorms - note that this session was not available on the day

    • Demonstrations and reflections on the use of Lego Mindstorms activities in the classroom
      • Bernadette Morton


  • Engaging Girls into Computing (PDF, file size: 459.92KB)

    • An exploration of how to inspire girls to go into computing careers. This will look as to whether we can inspire girls by the success of women in technology, or is there something else we should be doing.
      • Fiona Knight - Staffordshire University Senior Lecturer in Web Development


Workshop Slot 3 - Choose 1 from:  

  • Spheros (PDF, file size: 605.36KB)

    • An opportunity to use remote controlled robots (Sphero), Writing lines of code and piloting the robot - hands on experience of programming and coding in a fun and engaging activity.
      • Wavemaker Stoke and Jonathan Westlake from Staffordshire University


  • GCSE Binary and Hex

    • This workshop is led by Nick Rowlands from the only school in the UK that got 100% in GCSE exams on this topic!
      • Nik Rowlands – Cheslyn Hay (Outstanding School) with Troops to Teach Jason Kolmer (Outstanding Teacher)


  • Being Creative with the Micro:bit

    • Thomas and Lilian demonstrate recent successful project using Micro:bits in the classroom.
      • Thomas Allen and Lilian Rurdu 


  • Computing Career Paths (PDF, file size: 267.06KB)

    • An overview of the careers available in the “Computing Industry” and the routes students can take to get there.  With a mix of input from University staff, Industry Practitioners and the Developers of a Digital Technology and Solutions Degree Apprenticeship, this session will not only consider the “School, College, University, Job” route but apprenticeships, internships and self-employment.  
      • Representatives from education and industry including Staffs Web Meet Up - a Staffordshire group of Web development enthusiast and professionals



 In addition speak to our event sponsors throughout the day:


  • AQA

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT (North Staffordshire Branch)

  • CIE - Becoming a Cambridge International Examinations Examiner

    • Jane Bowen - Assessor Development Manager - Cambridge International Examinations

  • OCR

  • Staffordshire University



CSISC 2017 Sponsors


OCR is a leading not-for-profit UK awarding body. As part of the Cambridge Assessment Group, Europe’s largest assessment agency and a department of the University of Cambridge, we have access to unrivalled expertise and research capacity across assessment and examinations.
We provide qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes. Our general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential. These qualifications have been developed by working closely with teachers, industries, subject professionals and higher education institutions.

Our subject specialists are working very effectively to provide support and training to centres in developing the delivery and assessment of the qualifications. You can contact Computer Science subject advisor team Vinay and Ceredig using our Customer Contact Centre telephone 01223 553998 or email 

Join OCR Computer Science Facebook group:
GCSE Forum
GCE Forum
Follow us on Twitter: @OCR_ICT
For further information on our general and vocational Computing and ICT qualifications, please visit:


Become an examiner for Cambridge Computer Science
Cambridge International Examinations is growing and over 10,000 schools in more than 160 countries are now part of our Cambridge learning community.

To support our continued growth, we are expanding and strengthening our examiner network, and inviting teachers to develop their professional experience by becoming Cambridge examiners.

We are welcoming new examiners for Cambridge Computer Science, at IGCSE and A Level in both theory and programming components.

We offer:
• a powerful insight into the teaching and assessment of Cambridge syllabuses
• support in developing your own professional practice
• the highest standards of training and support
• freelance opportunities, based on contracts of service for each examination series

Come and find us at our stand for further information.

The North Staffordshire Branch of BCS- The Chartered Institute for IT

The North Staffordshire Branch of BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, work very hard to bring an interesting and diverse programme, throughout the year, aiming to offer a range of topics which will be beneficial, and appreciated by as many members as possible. In addition to social and educational events, we regularly host speakers who are eminent in their field.  The meetings offer excellent opportunities, not only to broaden knowledge of Computing & IT, but also to network and socialise. Networking opportunities are further extended when we meet jointly with colleagues from associated societies, including the IET and CMI. 
We normally meet on Tuesdays at 6.30pm unless stated otherwise, with a networking buffet beforehand from 6pm. Visitors are very welcome to attend any meeting, and meetings are normally held in the Ashley Building of Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke-On-Trent unless stated otherwise.

Details of forthcoming events are advertised on these pages, which are updated regularly. Please take a moment to look at the calendar and if you see something of interest, feel free to join us for the evening. The attendance of any of the meetings is worth 3/4 CPD points (Continuing Professional Development).

Combined logos of the CSISC 2017 Sponsor Organisations



Previous CSISC events

In the meantime you can view the sessions that took place and and download keynote presentations from previous event below.

2016 Workshops included:

Reaching computational thinking activities which do not need computers.
Experience of using micro:bits to narrow the gap for pupil premium
A un-geek guide to setting up a Raspberry Pi
Teaching, Track & Assess the theoretical elements of Computer Science
The reformed GCSE and A Level Computer Science qualifications which are to be delivered from September 2016
Kodu, Touch Develop and maybe Minecraft
BBC micro:bit with external sensors & outputs.
JavaScript - programming for the Web
Developing self-marking tasks in Computer Science
Computer Science 2016 and beyond including - how to accommodate cloud infrastructures
Minecraft for motivation. 
Help me teach GCSE Computer Science!

2015 Workshops

Access to SQL
App Inventor 2
BBC Basic
Games Development Education to Industry
GCSE Computer Science OCR
Scratch & Python Tips


To take a peek at what went on – check out our photos on Facebook.