There is a gender imbalance in computing that needs addressed:
- Girls are under-represented in GCSE / A Level Computer Science
- Only 20% of GCSE entries in 2017 were girls
- Only 10% of A Level entries in 2017 were girls
- Girls outperform boys when entered in GCSE Computer Science
- Only 34% of all females are taking a computing qualification at GCSE opposed to 51% of males
There needs to be strategies inside and outside of the classroom to support. An overview of the current challenges in computing with a specific focus on gender balance. The course covers the current research and explores existing barriers on gender balance. Exploring curriculum design and specific in class strategies schools can implement and embed in raising the engagement and uptake of Computer Science for all
Who is it for?
Teachers and curriculum leaders in secondary computing.
What topics are covered?
Encouraging girls into GCSE CS -Explore the big picture of the current gap in uptake at GSCE between girls and boys. Be part of discussions around reasons for this gap, including, lack of role models, unconscious bias, and a non-inclusive curriculum amongst others. Consider different strategies inside and outside of the classroom to support the narrowing of the gap before finally planning effective interventions in KS3 to improve the uptake in your own school.
How will you learn?
Scheduled live, interactive online sessions led by an experienced practitioner.
Flexible facilitator-supported, participant-led tasks, involving deep exploration of the subject content.
How long is the course?
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- discuss the issues and national trends affecting recruitment of girls into GCSE computer science
- evaluate a range of strategies to make computer science more inclusive
- plan effective intervention to increase recruitment at KS4