Professor Crick’s research stems from a national and international scrutiny of the Welsh education system. He is primarily recognised internationally for leading the reforms of science and technology education in Wales over a sustained period (2011-present), as well as his research in computer science education.
Building on previous work as an inaugural member of the Welsh Government’s National Digital Learning Council (2012-2016), Professor Crick was appointed to co-chair the independent review of the ICT curriculum (2013), whose recommendations directly influenced the 2015 independent review of curriculum and assessment, resulting in major changes to science, ICT, and cross-curricular digital skills.
As part of the major Curriculum for Wales reforms, Professor Crick was appointed to chair the development of the “Science & Technology” area of learning and experience in the new Curriculum for Wales (2017-2020). The new Curriculum for Wales was published in January 2020, to start from September 2022.