• 005 Lulham Building,
    Froebel College,
    University of Roehampton

    United Kingdom


Research activity per year

Personal profile


I’m Professor of Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. I run our secondary PGCE in computer science, and also teach on our primary PGCE and the University’s Digital Media degree. I was part of our AI working group and the steering group for our new computer science degree. I ran a combined blogging / e-portfolio platform for ITT students, acted as technical lead for the Creative Connections EU Comenius project and worked on an Erasmus+ project promoting academic integrity. My principal research focus is uptake and achievement in computing qualifications. Other professional interests include the pedagogies of computing education, and links between coding and mathematics and digital creativity.

Until 2009, I was head of Alton Convent Prep. In my former post as deputy head of St Ives School, Haslemere, I pioneered the use of Moodle and Elgg in primary education. My work on implementing Moodle was documented as the dissertation for Leicester University’s MBA in Educational Management, and won the 2006 Becta ICT in Practice Award for primary teaching. I run every day, although neither particularly far or fast; my other interests include classical music, creative cookery and photography. My wife, Clare, is a primary school teacher and we have one daughter, born December 2010.

Consultancy work

I am chair of the National Centre for Computing Education's academic board. Over the years I have contributed to a number of computing related projects including: the national curriculum computing programmes of studythe CAS / Naace guide to the computing curriculum for primary teacherstraining of CAS Master Teachers, Rising Stars Switched on Computing, an e-book on computer science for Microsoft Education, Barefoot ComputingCode Club Pro‘s training materials, BBC Bitesize primary computing resources, QuickStart Computing for the BCS and Microsoft,  CAS TV and Project Quantum, a crowd sourced national assessment item bank for computing, Hello World, a magazine by and for computing and digital making educators, the AI4K12 working group and the Royal Society’s Mathematical Futures project. I give keynotes and run workshops at CPD events in England and abroad and am or have been a consultant on a number of international curriculum development projects.

Professional affiliations

I’m a chartered fellow of the British Computer Society, and serve on the BCS Academy of Computing board and the management board of Computing at School. I serve on the academic board of England’s National Centre for Computing Education. I’m also a fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a senior fellow of the HEA. I’m an associate facilitator for STEM Learning and accredited as a researcher for the ONS.


Education/Academic qualification

Education, MBA, The implementation of a VLE in primary education, University of Leicester

Award Date: 26 Jan 2007

Mathematics, MA, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 19 Mar 1994

Education, PGCE, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 5 Aug 1991

Mathematics, BA (Hons), University of Cambridge

Award Date: 30 Jun 1990

External positions

Member, computing subject expert group, Oak National Academy

22 Mar 2024 → …

External examiner for PGCE computing and business, Sheffield Hallam University

1 Mar 202431 Oct 2027

Chair, National Centre for Computing Education

5 Jun 2023 → …

Judge, ERA Awards, British Educational Suppliers Association

2020 → …

Programme Board, Mathematical Futures, Royal Society

2019 → …

Academic Board, National Centre for Computing Education

2019 → …

Member, School Curriculum and Assessment Committee, British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT

2019 → …

Advisory group, AI4K12

2018 → …

Expert advisory group, EU Codeweek


Consultancy, BCS, British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT

2018 → …

Member, Academy Board, British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT

2017 → …

HE representative, ISC Digital Strategy Group, Independent Schools Council


Judge, Teen Tech Awards, Teen Tech

2017 → …

International representative, board of directors, Computer Science Teachers Association


Member, professional development committee, Computer Science Teachers Association

2016 → …

Member, Raspberry Pi Foundation


Judge, BETT Awards, British Educational Suppliers Association

2014 → …

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