Despite the government push to promote computing in schools, new research suggests girls and poorer students risk being left behind.
ICT was removed from the national curriculum and replaced with computer science after it was concluded that students weren’t developing the digital skills needed to be successful after school.
However, the the Roehampton Annual Computing Education Report, published by the University of Roehampton, found worryingly low levels of uptake, especially for girls and disadvantaged pupils.
Only 28 per cent of schools entered pupils for computing at GCSE in 2015, with only 24 per cent entering pupils for the subject at A-level.
It found that even lower numbers of girls were entered for the subject, with just 16 per cent of GCSE computing entrants in 2015 being female, and only 8.5 per cent at A-level.
Additionally, pupils on free school meals made up just 19 per cent of GCSE entrants, even though they make up 27 per cent of the population nationally.
The report recommends that schools with low numbers of computing entrants should be given targeted help to support teacher training initiatives and actively promote digital skills to pupils.
A Local Government Association report shows that schools which remain with their council are more likely to keep a good or outstanding Ofsted rating than those which become an academy.
Maths and physics teachers that are early in their career in the North East, Yorkshire & the Humber and Opportunity Areas will receive £2,000 to encourage them to stay in the profession.
Of the 673 new schools built and open under the government’s Priority School Building Programme, only 105 were fitted with sprinklers, the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) has found.
The study by Nurtureuk found that a hidden 26% of all children were found to have moderate social, emotional and mental health needs.
Oxford University has unveiled two access admission schemes which will enable more academically talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at the university.
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