Next month I will be meeting Michelle Wallace from the Scottish Government’s Learning Directorate along with Professor Alan Bundy (Edinburgh University), Dr Quintin Cutts (Glasgow University) and Professor Muffy Calder (the new Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland).
We will be talking about the promotion of Computer Science to head teachers and parents, CPD for Computing teachers, assessment in the new qualifications, and developing teaching resources to support National 5 and Higher. We will also be talking about our concerns about the limited amount of time given to Computing in schools and the delivery of whole school ICT in schools.
I need your help. I need examples of where staffing has reduced, staff not replaced, and departments closed. I need examples of how much time your school gives in the timetable for ICT and Computing in S1-2 compared to other subjects (particularly Science). I need examples of schools where pupils are not getting level 3 and 4 Computing experiences. I need examples of schools where there is not a class limit of 20 (as is the case for other practical subjects) or where there isn’t a regular one-to-one ratio of pupils to computers.
I have done an FOI request to the SQA and I am in the process of doing requests to all 32 councils but I would like to back up the numbers I get from those with real cases and issues from all round Scotland.
We will also be trying to plan out our suggested CPD provision for Computing teachers across Scotland. If you have opinions on the content or delivery of this please get in touch.
Please can you email me at email@example.com or add your comments here on CompEdNet before 22nd April.
Also, as ever, the more members we have in Computing at School the stronger our voice becomes. Please visit bit.ly/joincasscotland and join the CASS group in CompEdNet to become a member for free.
Chair, Computing at School Scotland