It has been reported by the BBC that Computer Science GCSE is on the decline, with only 46% of schools offering it at GCSE. How is this going to affect the future?
As students are beginning to think about the future and which GCSE’s they should take, having a decline in schools offering this subject could affect our future Web Developers, Computer Systems Engineers or Software Application Developers.
Here are the findings of the report:
- 30% of pupils in England are not offered Computer Science at GCSE
- Only 11% of pupils nationally took the GCSE in the UK
- 2017 figures show that only 20% of the candidates were female
The UK’s scientific academy, The Royal Society are also worried about the lack of schools offering this GCSE, saying that they are concerned on how this will affect the future workforce.
There has also been a decline in teachers specialising in Computer Science which has resulted one in two schools not offering this at GCSE.
The Royal Society would like the Government to train 8,000 teachers in Computer Science from a £60 million over the next 5 years.
Teachers have been put under strain since the Government replaced ICT with Computer Science five years ago.
This was due to the idea of children being taught coding instead of ICT. As a result, it was swapped with Computer Science as it was thought that it is not fit for purpose in a child’s education.
Some schools have now decided it is too complicated to offer Computer Science at GCSE and that resources are too tight to train teachers in this subject.
However, is this a true reflection?
The Department for Education have said the opposite, stating that more pupils are choosing Computer Science as one of their eight choices at GCSE.
Computer Science is also one of the fastest growing subjects for entry for schools who currently offer this GCSE.
They want to ensure that the future of this country has a workforce of Computer Scientists by making Computing compulsory in the national curriculum.
A pledge of £5 million has been introduced to the Network of Teaching Excellence in the Computer Science programme over the past 5 years, which has taught over 400 Computer Scientists who are all now specialists in this subject.
Well known firms Google and Microsoft are also working to try and get Computer Science back into schools.
Both businesses have agreed that every student needs the opportunity to learn about Computing, especially with the world now being dominated by technology.
Microsoft has stated that without the investment, too many young people are going to miss out on these new exciting opportunities and not be able to pursue a dream in computing!