This book provides a step-by-step guide to teaching computing at secondary level. It offers an entire framework for planning and delivering the curriculum and shows you how to create a supportive environment for students in which all can enjoy computing. The focus throughout is on giving students the opportunity to think, program, build and create with confidence and imagination, transforming them from users to creators of technology.

In each chapter, detailed research and teaching theory is combined with resources to aid the practitioner, including case studies, planning templates and schemes of work that can be easily adapted. The book is split into three key parts: planning, delivery, and leadership and management, and covers topics such as:

  • curriculum and assessment design
  • lesson planning
  • cognitive science behind learning
  • computing pedagogy and instructional principles
  • mastery learning in computing
  • how to develop students’ computational thinking
  • supporting students with special educational needs and disabilities
  • encouraging more girls to study computing
  • actions, habits and routines of effective computing teachers
  • behaviour management and developing a strong classroom culture
  • how to support and lead members of your team.

Teaching Computing in Secondary Schools is essential reading for trainee and practising teachers, and will prove to be an invaluable resource in helping teaching professionals ensure that students acquire a wide range of computing skills which will support them in whatever career they choose.

chapter |8 pages


part |62 pages


chapter |28 pages

Designing a secondary curriculum map

chapter |13 pages

Medium-term planning

chapter |20 pages

Lesson planning

part |70 pages


part |42 pages

Leadership and management

chapter |10 pages

Personal leadership

chapter |10 pages

Managing and leading others

chapter |19 pages

Cultivating an environment for growth

chapter |1 pages

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