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Statistics on Computer Science Teaching

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by Compucademy, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Compucademy

    Compucademy New commenter

    I've had very little success finding data on CS teaching for UK based exams.

    I would like to get some idea of figures such as:

    Number of existing teachers of GCSE Computer Science
    Number of existing teachers of A Level Computer Science

    Number of new teachers of GCSE Computer Science per year
    Number of new teachers of A Level Computer Science per year

    Number of GCSE Computer Science teachers needed to be recruited to meet government targets.
    Number of A Level Computer Science teachers needed to be recruited to meet government targets.

    Number of UK students taking GCSE Computer Science this year
    Number of UK students taking A Level Computer Science this year

    Number of international students taking GCSE Computer Science this year
    Number of international students taking A Level Computer Science this year

    Can anyone provide some of this data please?
     
  2. madcat

    madcat Occasional commenter

    JCQ and gov.uk have most of these figures.
    Some items may need a bit of speculative calculation from these base numbers
     
  3. Dorsetdreams

    Dorsetdreams Occasional commenter

    Conspiracy or c***-up, we've got fewer students taking IT qualifications and hence no need for teachers, new or experienced. "Shut down or restart?"
     
  4. NeitherMouseNorSock

    NeitherMouseNorSock New commenter

    ...but that includes the removal of GCSE ICT tbf.
     
  5. madcat

    madcat Occasional commenter

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  6. Compucademy

    Compucademy New commenter

    I've done some checking and found the following info.

    https://schoolsweek.co.uk/low-uptake-for-computer-science-gcse-spurs-review/

    "National figures also show 57,245 boys sat the computer science GCSE, compared with only 14,683 girls this summer. " (2018)

    https://royalsociety.org/~/media/policy/projects/computing-education/computing-education-report.pdf

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    "Today, 70% of students in England attend schools offering GCSE computer science, which is a positive development. However, although the overall number of entries continues to grow, only a disappointing 11% of all students take GCSE computer science"

    Re the number of CS teachers:

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/educati...cience-teachers-trebled-chancellor-announces/

    Apparently they want to treble the number by training 8,000, which means there are currently around 4,000. Does that sound right?
     
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  7. clockmender

    clockmender New commenter

    That sounds right, NCCE have been given the task of training them, there are some very attractive packages in place to encourage schools to offer CS and train their teachers.
     
  8. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

    Neither, really - it was deliberate, but it was no secret that schools were using ICT qualifications to game the league tables rather than to offer students something useful.
    It's not ideal, but are there reviews of Health and Social Care, Drama, Food Technology, etc., based on gender balance (they're all worse, I believe)? What does that tell us about how Computer Science is viewed?
     
  9. Luvsskiing

    Luvsskiing Established commenter

    It's interesting looking at the new 2020 specs. If you ever needed evidence as to why teachers get so cynical and the subject is nosediving, they are it. Did the exam boards address the concerns of teachers, and take the opportunity to tweak the specs accordingly? Did they even bother to attempt to find out about the concerns? Did they run a consultation process, to see how things were going?

    Did they ****.
     
  10. Dorsetdreams

    Dorsetdreams Occasional commenter

    Yes, I quite agree. Of course this could have been addressed by correcting the league tables. But my real point was that 'shut down or restart' , a great soundbite, now doesn't look so clever. For many it really has been shut down.
     
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  11. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Why should it be a surprise that schools game the system.
    Why is it a surprise that making such dramatic changes in such a short timescale would result in a big reduction in the amount of schools teaching it.
    The result was predicted, but too many chose to ignore it.
     
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