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Welcome to Plymouth Festival of Computing 

Please join us on Friday 18th March, starting from 9am!

This conference is a collaboration between the University of Plymouth and Computing at School, an opportunity for teachers to get inspiration, ideas, network and share with colleagues in the South West.


At a time when most things in the world are driven by technology, this conference aims to support teachers with CPD, provide teaching information and inspiration and to enthuse students with ideas around careers in tech and some of the subject areas they can study at the University of Plymouth.

This year we are pleased to announce that we are returning to a face-to-face conference.  Based at the University of Plymouth, Devon, this three track festival offers a selection of keynotes, workshops and resources for Primary and Secondary teachers and also contains a student track for GCSE and A-level students.

There truly is something for everyone!

How will the day run?

As the world shifted to online events over two years ago, we are now delighted to be hosting the Plymouth Festival of Computing 2022 FACE TO FACE!

 It is an exciting moment for us all to be able to open our doors once more, and welcome you back to a physical event. We are taking all measures to ensure you have a safe, interactive and engaging day. 

Please note, our keynote sessions are open to all attendees and then workshops are divided into three tracks, one for primary teachers, one for secondary teachers and one for students.

What can you expect?

Starting at 9:00am in the Portland Square building of the University, we will kick off the day with a welcome and keynote talk from local Women in IT awards award winner and founder of #girlcode, Carly Britton.

Morning workshops for primary teachers include Barefoot Programming and how to scaffold learning using assignments and videos; and for secondary teachers, working with data and Google classroom features; with workshops in AI and tech careers for students.

In the afternoon we are hosting a panel of speakers focusing on diversity and inclusion in computing education and careers, including discussing women in STEM, disability and reaching disadvantaged learners. In the teacher workshop following the keynote, you will have the opportunity to consider diversity and inclusion in your curriculum. Students will be able to discuss diversity in their workshop after the talks and consider their own career options in tech. 

We will be joined throughout the day by the South West's NCCE hubs, the Cyberfirst Schools programme and others, with opportunities to network with colleagues over refreshments and lunch provided.

Any CAS event wouldn't be complete without a community meeting - our primary and secondary conference community meetings are your chance to share a top tip or resource in a TeachMeet style meeting and find out what others are doing to make computing education even better. Register for your 2-5 minute talk on the day!

Where possible, please bring your own devices! (You will be needing them throughout the day during various workshops).

For your FREE ticket to access the full day at Plymouth University, register via our Eventbrite page:

Plymouth Festival of Computing

Can I join Online?

If you're unable to join us in person, don't panic! We have two wonderful keynote talks we will be streaming LIVE!

Please join us for the welcome and opening keynote for this year.

You will hear from Beverly Clarke, the National Community Manager for CAS and Dr Shirley Atkinson, Associate Head for Computing at the University of Plymouth, as they welcome you to this year's conference.

Please join our opening keynote speaker Carly Britton, Chair of the Women in Tech program at JW Player, as she discusses Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in Technology

Register for Inspiring Women Keynote 

Please join Abdul Chohan, Sarah Behenna, Jacqui Hanton and Sophie Wedge in this keynote on Diversity and Inclusion.

In this session we are hosting a panel of speakers focusing on diversity and inclusion in computing education and careers, including discussing women in STEM, disability and reaching disadvantaged learners.

Register for Diversity & Inclusion Keynote

What is available for my students?

To ensure not only our teachers learn, and network with our fabulous speakers, we also have a packed day for your students!

Students are welcome to attend the day on site, with access to the keynotes and special workshops from University staff on AI; careers staff and university alumni talk about their experience of getting into careers in computing; and they will be guided through a specially developed quiz to help students consider their own future in tech.

Student workshops are running as hybrid sessions, so you can register to attend with your class online or in person via the Plymouth University website, just follow the relevant link below.