Computing in School in the UK & Ireland: A Comparative Study

Sue Sentance, Diana Kirby, Keith Quille, Elizabeth Cole, Tom Crick, NICOLA LOOKER

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Many countries have increased their focus on computing in primary and secondary education in recent years and the UK and Ireland are no exception. The four nations of the UK have distinct and separate education systems, with England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland offering different national curricula, qualifications, and teacher education opportunities; this is the same for the Republic of Ireland. This paper describes computing education in these five jurisdictions and reports on the results of a survey conducted with computing teachers. A validated instrument was localised and used for this study, with 512 completed responses received from teachers across all five countries The results demonstrate distinct differences in the experiences of the computing teachers surveyed that align with the policy and provision for computing education in the UK and Ireland. This paper increases our understanding of the differences in computing education provision in schools across the UK and Ireland, and will be relevant to all those working to understand policy around computing education in school.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUKICER 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 Conference on United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research
EditorsKeith Quille
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450397421
ISBN (Print)9781450397421
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022
EventUKICER2022: The United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research Conference - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 1 Sept 20222 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceUKICER2022: The United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research Conference


  • computing education
  • teacher professional development
  • curriculum
  • Computing education


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