New report warns of a widening digital skill gap in English schools


A count of the latest number of computing qualifications taken by English pupils has shown that computing education is faltering and that fewer children are getting the necessary digital skills in English schools. 

This conclusion comes from the University of Roehampton, as they studied how many pupils achieved A-level computing qualifications in 2017, also noting that the subject is becoming more difficult for both students as well as the staff members hired to teach it.

The new, more advanced, GCSE subject (General Certificate of Secondary Education) is meant to replace the previous ‘ICT’ course offered to the students. However, while entries are falling for the latter, they are not rising sufficiently for the GCSE. This is leading to a rising number of students lacking A-level computing education. The report also warns of the decreasing number of girls, and pupils from poorer backgrounds entering into ICT courses. 

The full article and results can be found on the BBC’s website.