Why teach with Craig ‘n’ Dave resources?

Craig ‘n’ Dave create resources for the teaching of OCR GCSE Computer Science, OCR AS/A’level Computer Science and AQA AS/A’level Computer Science.

There are many providers of teaching materials for these courses, so why would you want to plan your course with our resources? What makes Craig’n’Dave different?

Value for money

Our annual subscription is £149 + VAT which gives you access to both GCSE and A’level resources plus the new material we create for the course.  You can cancel this at any time and keep the resources you have downloaded, but even if you subscribed every year for the lifetime of a specification it would still be a significant saving over other publishers that charge a one-off fee per unit.  Everything you need to teach GCSE and A’level successfully – teachers tell us it is unbelievable value for money.

Contemporary approach

With our approach “chalk and talk” PowerPoint presentations are a thing of the past!  Instead you want a diverse range of self-starting activities that mean you don’t need to be delivering content from the front of the class.  Used with our free flipped classroom videos you can deliver contemporary, outstanding lessons.

We use our own resources every day

We actually teach with our resources, and only our resources in comprehensive secondary schools. If it’s good enough for your students, it must be good enough for ours!

Continually adapted based on classroom experience

As a result, our resources are adapted and maintained based on real experience in the classroom, from past papers, discussions with the course advisors and our students. Good teachers continually reflect, and lesson plans never sit still. Continually adapting resources makes them really fit for purpose.  That is what we do. We have thought deeply about the pedagogy underpinning our approach.  Whilst you can use our resources any way you see fit, they have been carefully planned to ensure they meet contemporary expectations of teaching.  Read more in the “about our pedagogy” section of our website.

We are active members of the CAS community, attending hub events and participating in the OCR Facebook page.  We reflect on ideas in “Hello World” magazine and incorporate new ideas into our resources.  A good example of this is the introduction of “Parsons programming” to our GCSE 2.2 unit, and some additional, specially adapted paired programming challenges to come in the future.

Flexible courses but with sound pedagogy

We build coherent but flexible courses. You can use as few or as many of our resources as you like.  They plug and play together building into real lessons. Either just AS, just A’level, or GCSE to A’level. We think about the big picture of the student learning journey, not just bite-sized independent chunks of learning. We don’t provide simple banks of crosswords, wordsearches etc. where you still have to create a meaningful lesson. We supply activities with a bigger context backed up by a sound flipped learning contemporary pedagogy, and proven track record of student results and success. With Craig’n’Dave, you aren’t just buying resources, you’re buying into a modern way of teaching, and a community of professional development.

Sharp focus on exam success

Some providers suggest activities that whilst being fun and inspirational, take you too far away from what is actually important for getting through an exam. Exploring and reading beyond the specification is enriching, but should not be at the expense of too much curriculum time. Students will have a great time, but they will potentially underachieve. We strongly believe in having a sharp focus on what students will actually be examined on. Use extra-curricular opportunities for the enrichment.

No planning for you, and great for non-specialists

Our resources are suitable for everyday use with very little preparation, but they are also extremely effective. There are other resource providers who suggest setting up Linux, getting Raspberry Pi’s out, finding physical examples of different CPUs etc. These are all great, inspirational ways of teaching: if you had the time!! We want to create resources that can be used when time is short. That’s not to say we won’t sometimes have inspirational ideas: take our GCSE 1.6 system security board game or rock, paper scissors explanation of implications of multi-cores, but activities must be achievable for the teacher who hasn’t got a wealth of industry experience. How many times do you read someone else’s lesson plans and think, “if I had the time to learn about that…?”

Our values

We want every teacher, no matter what their experience, to feel like they have the knowledge to deliver these courses. We want every student to have the opportunity to achieve their potential and enjoy learning computer science.

 

 

Craig Sargent
My name is Craig Sargent, I am a CAS Master Teacher and currently the head of Computing at Archway secondary school in Stroud where I promote computing at all key stages. I am an active member of the WGH three-counties CAS hub. I have collaborated with another professional to produce assessment tools for the iPad, which teachers are now effectively using to support teaching and learning.
I was one of the pilot CAS Master Teachers and then moved on to be appointed as a Master Teacher Regional Coordinator for phase two the Computing Network of Excellence in which Archway is a Lead school.
My background before entering teaching includes a degree in computer science, freelance contracting for LloydsTSB and six years’ as a technologist for GCHQ in Cheltenham and wrote my first computer program in primary school!
I host a professional blog and vigorously push the computing agenda, investing in equipment such as Raspberry Pi’s and Lego MindStorm for use in the classroom. In the past I have been an examiner and moderator for OCR GCSE Computing and currently authors online material.
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David Hillyard
I am currently Assistant Head Teacher at a large comprehensive school in Gloucestershire. With 19 years’ experience as a teacher of ICT and Computing, I have been successful in a number of roles including: Head of ICT/Computing, Head of e-learning and Assistant Head of Year. Prior to teaching, I worked as an analyst-programmer at Messier-Dowty and graduated with a BSC Honours degree in Computing and Business Information Technology from what is now the University of Gloucestershire. I have been programming since I was ten years old!
I spent 6 years as subject leader for initial teacher training with the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership. This involved leading the partnership provision in the teaching of ICT/Computing, training all ICT/Computing PGCE & GTP students in Gloucestershire as well as leading a team of subject mentors in placement schools around the county.
I am also a founding Member Director of the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance, a Multi-Academy Trust of primary schools, having previously been Chair of Governors at one of the trust’s Primary schools.
Passionate about the subject of Computer Science, I am continually innovating with new approaches to pedagogy and creating new resources. I’m always looking for ways to make the learning experience better for students, as well as raising standards.
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