Computing Textbook Panel - Information for Publishers

High quality computing textbooks

High quality textbooks can support the teaching of computing, translating the vision of the computing curriculum into carefully sequenced and well-resourced lessons. They can provide the detailed knowledge implicit in the curriculum for use as part of a systematic programme of study. A good textbook can be an aid both for the teacher in planning lessons, and for the pupil during lessons and working on their own.

Integrated digital materials that accompany textbooks, which cohere with the textbook’s teaching approaches, can bring the subject to life through, for example, high quality demonstrations, videos, interactive tasks, environments for development and testing, and rich learning environments. In this way, teachers and their pupils can be supported by the best of both print and digital worlds.

The Computing Textbook Panel

An independent Computing Textbook Panel of experts, set up by the Department for Education (DfE), will be assessing computing textbooks submitted by publishers in Autumn 2022. They will review textbooks against prescribed, high quality, criteria, first published on this website in May 2021.

Computing Textbook Criteria PDF

Textbooks assessed by the Panel as meeting the requirements of all criteria in full will be named on the Teach Computing website as high quality products which provide excellent support for pupils and their teachers.

The DfE will be holding a virtual event for publishers about the computing textbook criteria and Panel process, with two members of the Panel, on Thursday 15th July, 2pm to 3.30pm.

If you would like to attend this event, please email: with your name, organisation name, and email address.

Further information about how to submit textbooks to the Panel will be made available in 2022. Enquiries about the Computing Textbook Panel and the criteria may be directed to:

Questions received and answered in relation to the Panel and the Criteria will be anonymised and shared publicly in the Q&A PDF document. Publishers are encouraged to review this document regularly to check for recent additions.