The Royal Society’s Computing in Schools project looked at the current provision of education in Computing in UK schools, informed by evidence gathered from individuals and organisations with an interest in computing.
The report found that ‘many pupils are not inspired by what they are taught and gain nothing beyond basic digital literacy skills such as how to use a word-processor or a database’. The investigators proposed that “there needs to be recognition that Computer Science is a rigorous academic discipline of great importance to the future careers of many pupils.” The full report can be read on the Royal Society’s website.
This backs up the recent statement made by the Education Secretary:
“Millions have left school over the past decade without even the basics they need for a decent job. And the current curriculum cannot prepare British students to work at the very forefront of technological change.”
UCL Engineering recognises this need for increased provision to today’s young people of these essential skills. We have previously hosted workshops and outreach events for students to supplement the computer science education that schools can currently provide, and are working on increasing the support we offer to educational bodies, schools and teachers.
You can catch one of our researchers, Dr Black, on Radio 4’s Material World talking about ICT teaching provision and the need to prioritise education and respect for technology. As well as researching Software Systems within Computer Science, Dr Black has recently founded the <goto> foundation which will provide funding for projects to raise the profile of computer science.