From 27 to 29 September 2023, we and the University of Cambridge are hosting the WiPSCE International Workshop on Primary and Secondary Computing Education Research for educators and researchers. This year, this annual conference will take place at Robinson College in Cambridge. We’re inviting all UK-based teachers of computing subjects to apply for one of five ‘all expenses paid’ places at this well-regarded annual event.
You could attend WiPSCE with all expenses paid
WiPSCE is where teachers and researchers discuss research that’s relevant to teaching and learning in primary and secondary computing education, to teacher training, and to related topics. You can find more information about the conference, including the preliminary programme, at wipsce.org.
As a teacher at the conference, you will:
- Engage with high-quality international research in the field where you teach
- Learn ways to use that research to develop your own classroom practice
- Find out how to become an advocate in your professional community for research-informed approaches to the teaching of computing.
We are delighted to welcome Google as a sponsor of WiPSCE. Google believes that every student deserves the opportunity to access the benefits of a computing education to help shape their future. However, many students aren’t getting the education they need, and teachers don’t have sufficient resources to provide it. Google recognises the responsibility they have to support organisations, universities, and schools with deep expertise and a commitment to computing education, especially within communities that have been historically underserved.
With support from Google, we will offer free places to five UK computing teachers, covering:
- The registration fee
- Two nights’ accommodation at Robinson College
- Up to £500 supply costs paid to your school to cover your teaching
- Up to £100 travel costs
To apply, you just need to fill in a short form. The application deadline is Wednesday 19 July.
The application details
To be eligible to apply:
- You need to be a currently practising, UK-based teacher of Computing (England), Computing Science (Scotland), ICT or Digital Technologies (N. Ireland), or Computer Science (Wales)
- Your headteacher needs to be able to provide written confirmation that they are happy for you to attend WiPSCE
- You need to be available to attend the whole conference from Wednesday lunchtime to Friday afternoon
- You need to be willing to share what you learn from the conference with your colleagues at school and with your broader teaching community, including through writing an article about your experience and its relevance to your teaching for this blog or Hello World magazine
The application form will ask your for:
- Your name and contact details
- Demographic and school information
- Your teaching experience
- A statement of up to 500 words on why you’re applying and how you think your teaching practice, your school and your colleagues will benefit from your attendance at WiPSCE (500 words is the maximum, feel free to be concise)
After the 19 July deadline, we’re aiming to inform you of the outcome of your application on Friday 21 July.
Your application will be reviewed by the 2023 WiPSCE Chairs:
- Sue Sentance, Director, Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre, Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge, UK
- Mareen Grillenberger, Endowed Chair CS Education S1 (PHSZ, PHLU, HSLU), Switzerland
Sue and Mareen will:
- Use the information you share in your form, particularly in your statement
- Select applicants from a mix of primary and secondary schools, with a mix of years of computing teaching experience, and from a mix of geographic areas
Join us in strengthening research-informed computing classroom practice
We’d be delighted to receive your application. Being able to facilitate teachers’ attendance at the conference is very much aligned with our approach to research. Both at the Foundation and the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre, we’re committed to conducting research that’s directly relevant to schools and teachers, and to working in close collaboration with teachers.
We hope you are interested in attending WiPSCE and becoming an advocate for research-informed computing education practice. If your application is unsuccessful, we hope you consider coming along anyway. We’re looking forward to meeting you there. In the meantime, you can keep up with WiPSCE news on Twitter.