Informal learning

Research suggests that girls are often unaware that what they learn about computing in extracurricular or non-formal settings can help them in formal studies of computing in school. This research theme is made up of two studies:

Code Clubs: The Raspberry Pi Foundation has adapted some of the standard computing projects which are provided for our network of Code Clubs in England to highlight to young people the links between informal and formal learning in computing. This RCT is currently underway with over 150 primary school Code Clubs in England, with results due in the spring.

Apps for Good: For secondary schools, Apps for Good adapted some of their existing resources for informal learning to better link informal and formal computing studies. This study was run with Year 8 pupils (aged 12-13) in the summer term of the 2020-2021 academic year with over 50 secondary schools. We are excited to share the results of this study soon, and have received some really useful feedback from teachers:

"Thank you for all the resources, the groups that have accessed the course have really enjoyed it."
- Secondary school teacher, Nottingham
"I have really enjoyed the program and I can see that this style of project does impact learners."
- Secondary school teacher, Surrey


The findings from this research will be made available here once the interventions have been completed in schools and the data has been analysed.

Find out more about Gender Balance in Computing.