I’ve been looking at the statistics produced by local authorities in response to FOI requests by Kate (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/kate_farrell?page=1). It makes disturbing reading and provides real evidence of what we have, anecdotally, known for a long time: Computing is being cut almost across the board.
- Highland Council is one to highlight in that in 2007/08 they had FTE in Computing of 29.7 and now they have FTE 17.1 – a cut of 42.4%
- Scottish Borders didn’t provide any FTE figures but show in 07/08 a total of 12 computing teachers with computing available in all but 2 of their 9 schools. In 11/12 they have only 9 computing teachers and computing is no longer available in 5 of the 9 schools. A 25% cut in staffing.
Also, having looked at the figures for some local authorities, I’m sure they have chosen to show the number of teachers rather than the FTE of the staff and it also looks like they have decided to show “Computing teachers” as a combination of Business Education and Computing (I may be wrong here, let me know if your local authority declared figures look questionable).
It’s a depressing picture which needs Government action to turn around. Mike Russell made some encouraging comments about Computing before Christmas but we’ve had silence since. Where do we go now?