Peter Gale discusses UK’s Computing-Based Education

Programmes But Still Require Some Major Patching

Welcome to the Peter Gale blog. Peter Gale is an education professional who has spent more than 20 years in the field of education. Based in Surrey in the UK, he has made a career out by building his experience in educational leadership, strategic planning, change management, public policy, coaching, and data analysis among others. He has also taken the role of education consultant, inspector, and head teacher over the course of his long and illustrious career.

Computing-based education in the UK is seeing some major improvements. Recent developments show that there have been improvements in the programmed since 2012. However, the fact still remains that there is still way more that needs to be done.

A new report by Royal Society reveals six major recommendations in order to further improve computer-based studies in the country. Among these recommendations include offering subjects that are computer-based more widely, ensure that there will be enough teachers for these classes, improve student diversity in the subject, increase research that looks into teaching computer education, as well as improve support and resources for the programme.

The report has also recommended that governments, industry, schools, and even non-profit organisations will need to band together in order to make the necessary changes in preparing students for a life that is more modern and more technological. There is a need for computing education to get the same level of support as physics and maths are getting.

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At present, the range for computing qualifications seems to be quite limited. There is also the unfortunate reputation attached to the subject where it is either too narrow or too difficult, which further discourages students from taking it. This is only supported by the fact that more than half of the secondary schools in the country do not really offer this GCSE at all.

A viable solution to this dilemma though, according to the report, is to offer courses that are focused on different areas. It would not be enough to just make the subject compulsory. Instead, using innovative approaches might help address this. For instance, encouraging more female students to study the subject is a good start, along with getting more children from the disadvantaged or rural areas to study it as well.

While computer subjects may have grown in popularity over the years, many of the teachers that lead the lesson are not really experts in the field. This means that they have not really studied the subject nor have they worked in any computer-related field before. For this to work though there may be a need to invest about £60 million for the next five years. This should be ample to bring the necessary support for computer science up to the level of physics and maths. The goal is to get every student to opportunity to be taught by teachers that are not only confident but qualified. Read Peter Gale reviews as a teacher here,  Like Peter Gale on Facebook here and Connect with Peter Gale through Linkedin here.




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