More Than Half of Schools do not Offer Computer Science GCSE

More than half of schools in England do not offer students a Computer Science GCSE.

More than half of schools in England do not offer students a Computer Science GCSE. 

According to a report by the Royal Society, 54% of schools in England do not offer a Computer Science GCSE, and based on the results, the Royal Society believes a £60m investment in computing education is needed over the next five years to ensure young people are learning necessary skills.

The study found that if the government invested the suggested £60m into computing education, this would represent a 10x increase in the amount of funding in computing education.

Steve Furber, fellow for the Royal Society, said the rate at which technology changes means all jobs in the future will require digital skills.

However, teachers have admitted to feeling ill-equipped to deliver the computing curriculum, and many believe they have not received the support needed to teach the subject.

Furber said: “For pupils to thrive, we need knowledgeable, highly skilled teachers. However, computing teachers have told us that they feel the government rushed in a new curriculum without giving them the support or money to deliver it,”

According to the Report, more support needs to be made available to teachers, not only to deliver the computer science curriculum, but also to encourage more children into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) based careers.

Furber added: “We need the government to invest significantly more to support and train 8,000 secondary school computing teachers to ensure pupils have the skills and knowledge needed for the future,” 

The computing curriculum was introduced in 2014 in an attempt to teach students the digital skills that will be needed now and in the future.

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