Computer Science in Secondary Schools in the UK: Ways to Empower Teachers

  • Sue Sentance
  • Mark Dorling
  • Adam McNicol
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7780)


The recent move towards more Computer Science in school in the UK has obvious implications for teacher education, both for in-service and pre-service teachers. In England and other parts of the UK we have seen an unprecedented rate of change in the way that curricula are changing from a focus on learning to use software applications to the introduction of Computer Science throughout primary and secondary schools. In this paper we describe some of the challenges that we have faced, the progress made in the integration of CS, and the support provided for teachers in their professional development. Current developments seek to support teachers with varying needs in a holistic way and we propose a transformational model of professional development [1] for CS, both for in-service teachers as well as forming the basis of new teacher training programmes.


CS teacher education teacher professional development CS secondary school education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sue Sentance
    • 1
  • Mark Dorling
    • 2
  • Adam McNicol
    • 3
  1. 1.Angila Ruskin UniversityChelmsfordUK
  2. 2.Langley Grammar School, SloughBerksUK
  3. 3.Long Road Sixth Form CollegeCambridgeUK

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