FOI Request - Computing Science National 3 - 6

Request 101000350213

I would  like to ask you, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act:

1. How many pupils have participated in Computing Science at National 3 to National 6 level in the last five academic years across your local authority?

2. What is the gender division of those pupils who are studying Computer Science in the past five years across your local authority?

3. How many pupils passed their Higher Computer Science in the last five years in your local authority and how many passed in band A to C?

4. How many computing teachers are employed within your local authority and how many computing teaching vacancies exist?

5. What is the pupil-teacher ratio in Computing Science across your local authority  and how has this ratio changed over the last five academic years?

6. What is the overall pupil-teacher ratio in high schools in your local authority?

7. What is the average broadband speed in schools within your local authority?

8. Do all schools in your local authority have access to the Internet? If not how many schools do not have access to the Internet?

9. What range of broadband speeds exist between primary schools and high schools?

10. What initiative(s) do you currently have in place in primary schools to introduce younger students to computing/improve computing skills? Are computer coding clubs available to all pupils in your local authority?

11. What broader digital strategy does your local authority have in place to teach digital skills to the wider community - such as courses in local libraries etc?

Response 18-06-2015

1.  1003

2.  Female - 204  

     Male - 799

3.  93 pupils passed, all at band A to C.

4.  7.9 FTE employed
     0.5 FTE vacancy

5.  20:1

6.  30:1

7.  16Mb

8.  Yes

9.  8Mb to 100Mb

10.  All children should experience computing in schools, it is a second level curricular requirement to teach children to create computer games and also to use technology safely and responsibly. By teaching younger children to create games, this is a fun and exciting way to learn the basic concepts of computer programming and to build to being able to program their own game. We have an education officer who has worked with staff on their own development in these areas to allow them to teach the children how to design and create games.

Coding clubs are not available to all pupils.

11.  The following courses are available at Library Learning Centres periodically:

•Advanced ECDL Word
•Computer and Online Basics
•CSCS - Construction Skills Operatives Card •PC Passport - Beginners •Internet Safety Course

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