Computer scientist and pedagogue, Professor Simon Peyton Jones will receive the OBE

Professor Simon Peyton Jones, Chairman of Computing in Schools (CAS) and the National Center for Computing Education (NCCE), will receive an OBE for his services to education and computing.

Professor Peyton Jones is co-founder of CAS, the UK-wide teacher-led network supported by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Her work in delivering exceptional IT education is recognized in Queen’s Birthday Honors ahead of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Computing at School (CAS) was founded in 2008 by a small group led by Professor Peyton Jones and Simon Humphreys.

CAS started as a small group of volunteers working to establish IT in schools and supporting teachers.

Today the network is made up of over 360 volunteer communities spanning the whole of the UK and has 20,000 members sharing advice, guidance and peer-to-peer support, in person and on digital platforms.

Support teachers

As CAS President, Professor Peyton Jones was at the heart of the reforms that led to the new National Curriculum subject, Computing, which was introduced in September 2014.

Since 2019, Professor Peyton Jones has served as President of the National Center for Computing Education (NCCE). He leads the NCCE Academic Council, supporting and inspiring all who work in computer science education, including industry partners, academics and educators.

Professor Peyton Jones said: “I am delighted to receive this honour, but I am doing it on behalf of everyone in Computing at School! The award recognizes the reinvention of computing as a fundamental and creative subject that equips and empowers all children. It celebrates the passion, expertise and pure energy of CAS volunteers, as well as the vibrant richness of the community we have built together. There is no “them”; it’s just us.

A force for good

Julia Adamson, Director of Education at BCS, said: “Professor Peyton Jones is a global force for good in computer science education.

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