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Understanding computing education in the UK
Primary schools questionnaire
Introduction

This survey is aimed at all teachers in UK primary schools with at least some responsibility for delivering computing education (including ICT). It’s vital that we understand teachers’ current levels of confidence, knowledge and skills for delivering computing education. This will ensure that the case for future support is based on a full and honest picture. Please also share this survey link with other teaching staff in your school, as appropriate.
 
The Royal Society has launched an important programme of work designed to improve support for teachers delivering computing education in UK schools. This will aim to make high quality computing education a reality in the classroom. It will also recognise the different curriculum arrangements across the four UK nations in terms of the balance between computing and more traditional forms of ICT.

In order to provide evidence of how computing education is being delivered today, The Royal Society has commissioned independent research firm, Pye Tait Consulting, to carry out a survey of UK schools and colleges. In addition, Pye Tait will be developing case studies of best practice in computing education, and facilitate workshops with teachers to help shape and inform future support.
 
The results of this survey, and other evidence we are gathering, will be published in a report in early 2017. This report is likely to be influential on government policy, and will guide the Society’s priorities for Phase 2 of the project. Future support may cover areas such as:

- producing classroom resources, teacher guidance, and CPD programmes;
- developing effective assessment tools that teachers can use to understand and guide progress;
- publishing guidance about how to address gender imbalances in the uptake of computing;
- identifying opportunities for project work in schools, perhaps with corporate partners.

Further information can be found on the Computing Education pages of The Royal Society's website.

The survey will be open until 5pm on 23rd December 2016.

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