Matthew Wimpenny-Smith

BSc (Hons), PGDip, PGCE, QTS, FCCT

Senior Lecturer in ITE: Partnerships & Computing

School of Education, Humanities and Languages

Matthew Wimpenny-Smith


My role here at Oxford Brookes is to lecture on the Initial Teacher Training (ITE) as well as provide the subject knowledge leadership and expertise for Computing. I teach both the PGCE and BA courses and work with partnerships, including School Direct and other organisations.

As part of my extended role, I am also seconded one day a week to the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) as the Primary Lead for the Bucks and Oxon Computing Hub as well as a member of both the NCCE Subject Practitioners Panel and British Computing Society (BCS) School Curriculum and Assessment Committee. 

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • PGCE 5-11 and 3-7
  • BA Primary Teacher Education
  • School Direct Programme

Teaching PGCE and BA Initial Teacher Education.

Primary and Secondary Computing.

In service teacher training in Computing through Bucks and Oxon Computing Hub.


  • School Computing Education, Digital Stratergy and Edtech
  • Computer science education, prorgamming and physical computing 
  • Teacher professional development 
  • School Managment and Leadership.

Areas of expertise

  • Computing Education and Edtech
  • Primary and Secondary School Education
  • Information Technology and Digital Stratergy in Education
  • School management and Leadership.


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching
  • Member of the BCS School Curriculum and Assessment Commitee
  • Member of the NCCE Subject Practitioners Panel
  • Member of CAS (Computing at School) and Leader of the local Community of Practice.


I have presented at the CAS (Computing at School) National Conference at Birmingham University, CAS London Conference and at the University of Hertfordshire Computing Education Conference.


I have provided consultancy in Computing Education to a number of local schools in both Oxfordshire and Bucks mainly through my work as Teach Computing Hub Lead for Bucks and Oxon.

Further details

I am a highly trained Educationalist and Computing professional who has over 16 years of experience in teaching across both primary and secondary schools. I have extensive knowledge of School Leadership and Management having previously held the post of Assistant Headteacher, Digital Strategy at Headington Prep School Oxford. I have strong skills in leading teacher development and training through my role as Computing Hub Leader and as a Subject Matter Expert for Computing.  

Prior to my career in education, I worked in the IT Industry as a Consultant and Systems Support Analyst.

Below is a list of my achievements and publications 

  • 2014 - Awarded Computing At School (CAS): BCS Certificate of Computer Science Teaching 
  • 2016 - CAS Primary Community Leader for Oxfordshire Primary 
  • 2017 - Raspberry Pi Certified Educator 
  • 2017 - CEOP Ambassador  
  • 2017 - Article written for Hello World Magazine 
  • 2017 - Member of BCS School Curriculum and Assessment Committee  
  • 2018 - Admitted as CAS Master Teacher 
  • 2018 - Presented at CAS National Conference  
  • 2019 - Member of the NCCE and RPi Subject Practitioners Panel 
  • 2019 - Awarded Google Educator Level 1 
  • 2019 - Awarded NCCE STEM Learning Associate Facilitators CPD Mark  
  • 2019 - Article written for HelloWorld Magazine 
  • 2020 - Presented at CAS London conference with Jane Waite 
  • 2020 - Admitted as a Fellow of Chartered College of Teaching 
  • 2020 - Article written for HelloWorld Magazine issue 14 
  • 2021 - Member of the BCS Digital Literacy Working Group 
  • 2022 - Awarded STEM Learning Lead Facilitator CPD Mark  
  • 2022 - Article written for HelloWorld Magazine about the STEM process in Primary.

I have been teaching since 2005 in both secondary and primary as a Teacher, Subject Leader of Computing and Assistant Head Teacher. Prior to my career in education I worked in the IT Industry as a Consultant and Systems Support Analyst.

I am a CAS Master Teacher, Community of Practice Leader, BCS Certified Computer Science Teacher, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, CEOP Ambassador and I am Lead Facilitator for National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). On Thusdays I work for the NCCE delivering CPD as Primary Schools Lead and SME of the Teach Computing Bucks and Oxon Computing Hub.

I helped to produce content for the new Teach Computing Curriuclum and complete by CSA. I have also written a number of articles for HelloWorld magazine in conjunction with Jane Waite. Recently, I was admitted as a Fellow of Chartered College of Teaching.

I am a member of the BCS School Curriculum and Assessment Committee and the NCCE Subject Practitioners Panel.