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Encouraging girls into GCSE computer science - remote

CP440 Live remote training course

Explore the big picture with the current Gender imbalance in GSCE computer science 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.

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Key stage 3 Key stage 4
Live remote training course 90 minutes

  • Live remote training 20 September 16:00—20 September 2021
  • Live remote training 21 September 17:00—21 September 2021
  • Live remote training 22 September 17:00—22 September 2021
  • Live remote training 30 September 14:30—30 September 2021
  • Live remote training 6 October 15:30—6 October 2021
  • Live remote training 18 October 16:00—18 October 2021
  • Live remote training 21 October 15:45—21 October 2021
  • Live remote training 9 November 17:00—9 November 2021
  • Live remote training 24 November 16:00—24 November 2021
  • Live remote training 2 December 16:00—2 December 2021
  • Live remote training 2 December 16:00—2 December 2021
  • Live remote training 7 December 13:00—7 December 2021
  • Live remote training 9 December 16:00—9 December 2021
  • Live remote training 14 December 16:00—14 December 2021
  • Live remote training 15 December 16:15—15 December 2021
  • Live remote training 11 January 16:00—11 January 2022
  • Live remote training 25 January 16:15—25 January 2022
  • Live remote training 22 June 16:15—22 June 2022

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.

Topics 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 long is this course?

90 Minutes.

Outcomes

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

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