Understanding computer education in UK schools and colleges

10th November 2017: After the Reboot – Computing Education in UK Schools has been published by The Royal Society. The main report is supported by several underpinning reports, including the teacher survey report and school case studies. Thank you to everyone who took part.

In 2016, the Royal Society launched an important programme of work to gather and share evidence about how computing education (including ICT) is taught and resourced in UK schools and colleges. Primary research has been 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 undertook 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.

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