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Leading computer scientist Professor Simon Peyton Jones appointed chair of National Centre for Computing Education

Published: Mar 21, 2019 1 min read

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Professor Simon Peyton Jones of Microsoft Research has been announced as the chair of the new National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE).

One of Britain’s leading computer scientists, Peyton Jones has achieved worldwide recognition for his work on programming language. He will now lead the work of the Centre as it improves the teaching of computing in UK schools and colleges and drives participation of computer science among young people.

“The National Centre offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to firmly establish computer science as a foundational subject discipline that will enable all our young people to be active participants in the complex digital world that surrounds them. I am delighted to have a role in translating the big vision of the new computing curriculum into a vibrant reality in every classroom in the country.” Professor Peyton Jones

“We are committed to ensuring that every child has a world-leading computing education. The NCCE certainly has a major role to play in that mission, but we need to work with teachers, not to teachers. I look forward to their partnership on this journey.”