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Computing in England’s schools - the curriculum, access and participation, and the teaching workforce

Morning, Friday, 8th July 2022

The conference focuses on the next steps for the computing curriculum in England.

The discussion takes place as Ofsted undertakes a subject-specific review of the computing curriculum, and against the backdrop of initiatives aimed at attracting and retaining specialist computing teachers, including increased funding in the form of bonuses and bursaries.

The conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss both the curriculum, its impact and wider issues for computing in schools:

  • the curriculum - design ◦ quality & standards ◦ priorities for building on the current offer of computing in England’s primary & secondary schools
  • life skills - further steps needed to improve young people’s digital literacy ◦ preparing students for higher education & employment
  • progression and inclusion - smoothing pathways ◦ qualification choice at GCSE & A Level ◦ vocational options ◦ choices post-16 ◦ encouraging uptake from underrepresented groups, including girls
  • employment - developing the future IT workforce ◦ coding for future careers, including cyber security ◦ the potential of online play-based learning, such as esports, in building transferable skills
  • school staff - impact of new incentives ◦ teacher training provision ◦ support & professional development ◦ improving retention ◦ next steps for the computing workforce within schools & colleges
  • schools - how digital infrastructure can be updated to improve the delivery of computing education

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Samina Kiddier, Computing and Digital Skills Policy Team Leader, Department for Education; and Mark Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Ada. National College for Digital Skills on the future of computing education in England’s schools.

Keynote Speaker

Mark Smith

Chief Executive Officer, Ada. National College for Digital Skills

Keynote Speakers

Samina Kiddier

Computing and Digital Skills Policy Team Leader, Department for Education

Mark Smith

Chief Executive Officer, Ada. National College for Digital Skills


Baroness Verma

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Digital Skills


Manny Athwal

CEO, School of Coding

Steven Spence

Teaching and Learning Innovator, The Sheffield College

Maxine Bulmer

Vice President, Cyber Security, CGI Space, Defence & Intelligence

Rachel Arthur

Head of Computing, Teach First

Ceredig Cattanach-Chell

Computer Science Subject Adviser, OCR

Carrie Anne Philbin

Director of Educator Support, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Darren Northcott

National Official, Education, NASUWT

Jennifer King

Executive Industry Advisor, Education, Microsoft

Tom Dore

Education Director, British Esports Association