This page offers information about the UK and Ireland Computing Teachers (UKICT) survey. We will share findings from the survey here as we analyse the data, so do bookmark it.
Background to the UKICT survey
The survey is a validated research instrument developed in 2019 with the intention of enabling educators, researchers, and policymakers to monitor and analyse the development of computing education worldwide. In 2019, it was trialled successfully in a number of countries. Read more about the survey here:
- Blog post about the UKICT survey and the team working on the project: Calling all Computing and ICT teachers in the UK and Ireland: Have your say
- Blog post about the research background of the survey instrument: How is computing taught in schools around the world?
- Academy paper about the survey instrument: An International Study Piloting the MEasuring TeacheR Enacted Computing Curriculum (METRECC) Instrument, Falkner et al (2019)
- Academic paper about the first study using the survey instrument: An International Comparison of K-12 Computer Science Education Intended and Enacted Curricula, Falkner et al (2019)
The current project seeks to focus specifically on teachers of computing and related subjects in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. To do this, we have localised the survey to be applicable to these countries while retaining its reliability and validity as a research tool.
How to participate in the UKICT survey
The survey is now closed! 758 teachers completed the survey: huge thanks to all of you for taking the time to participate! Your responses are invaluable in helping us to gain and share insights about computing teaching in the UK and Ireland today.
Over the course of the survey we held four prize draws, where we drew a winner randomly from those who had completed the survey up to that point. Four winners – one from Scotland, one from Ireland and two from England – received a £50/€60 book voucher.
The survey was open to all early years, primary, secondary, sixth-form, and further education teachers in Ireland, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales who had taught any computing or computer science (even a smidgeon) in the last year. It was available in English, Welsh, Gaelic, and Irish/Gaeilge.
Participants were asked to give their consent to our use of their anonymised data to report on the project, and to us sharing their anonymous data in an open-access database; we want to share it to achieve our goal of high-quality, transparent research.
The survey consisted of the following sections:
- Consent and information
- Current work
- Student composition
- Support and resourcing
- Classroom practice
- Teacher self-esteem
- Professional development
Over time, we will add findings from the survey to this section of the page. Watch this space!