Support materials for NPA Cyber Security

The development team for this project met on Saturday. It’s been a while since I updated you on how things are going, so this seems like a good time to do that.

We’re developing a range of teaching and learning material including:

  • Teacher’s Guide
  • Learners’ Notes
  • practical activities (linked to Learners’ Notes)
  • Formative assessments
  • YouTube channel
  • List of resources.

The Teachers’ Guide will help new (and existing) teachers prepare for, and deliver, the NPAs — including advice about what you need to get started, what software you will require and how best to teach the awards. The Learners’ Notes will be self-contained notes on all of the topics within the units. Three sets of notes will be produced – one for each strand in the award (Data Security, Digital Forensics and Ethical Hacking). Each set of notes will be multi-level (covering Levels 4, 5 and 6) but each level will be clearly designated in the notes. This will permit learners to “read on” if they wish.The notes will also link to formative questions on each topic to permit learners to consolidate their learning before moving on to the next topic.

The material is coming along well. Complete draft versions of the Learners’ Notes are almost ready, as is the Teachers’ Guide. We intend to pilot this material in (late) February and we’ll be looking for volunteers in the near future. All of the material will be finalised and published by July but you will be able to see preview versions of it long before then. Please contact Emma if you want to know more about this project.

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