Understanding computer education in UK schools and colleges

The Royal Society has launched an important programme of work to gather and share evidence about how computing education (including ICT) is being taught and resourced in UK schools and colleges. The research is being carried out independently by Pye Tait Consulting and will inform the development of future support.

It’s vital that we understand what’s really happening in schools, particularly in terms of teachers’ current confidence, knowledge and skills in delivering computing education. This will ensure that the case for future support is based on a full and honest picture.

Further information about the project can be found on The Royal Society’s website at https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/computing-education/

Research Activities

Between October 2016 and January 2017, Pye Tait Consulting has been undertaking the following research activities:

  • An online survey of UK primary and secondary schools/colleges (which ran from 31st October to 23rd December 2016);
  • Development of a small number of in-depth case studies that demonstrate best practice in computing education across primary and secondary schools; and
  • Eight workshops with teachers across the UK to test ideas and explore options for the future.

Update (30/05/17): The Royal Society expects to publish our report at the same time as its own wider/overarching report on the subject of computing education (which will also draw on findings from a separate literature review and data analysis). Whilst originally planned for publication in June 2017, this is now expected to take place in September 2017 to allow the Society to complete and finalise additional work streams. Thank you for your continued patience. Any further updates will be posted here in due course.

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