NARROWING THE GAP
Can leadership skills help narrow the gender gap
in GCSE Computing?
Dan Gardner
@englandraider
Context
•Computing has only recently been available as a GCSE
course (since 2010).
•Study of GCSE Computing at Perins is e...
The Problem: Nationally
Good News: Increasing Uptake
2010
2011
2012
Bad News: The Gender Gap
2010
2011
2012
Is It Just Preference?
•
• Although only three girls are currently studying Computing
at Perins, they enjoy it and do well...
The Process for Change
1.
2. Urgency: Before Year 8 select their GCSE courses.
3. Build Time: Put intervention events in t...
Action Plan
Identification: Logical Thinkers
•
• Observed a positive correlation between high scores in “non-
verbal reasoning” (logic...
Intervention: Raising Awareness
Intervention: Experiencing
Computing
Intervention: Dialogue with peers
•Year 10 girls already studying Computing invited to help
run a stand at the GCSE “choic...
Communication: Email to Parents
Dear Parent,
I am writing to you because I
believe your daughter would
enjoy taking Comput...
Measurement: Student Survey
Measurement: Survey Results
How much do you know about
GCSE Computing?
Measurement: Survey Results
How likely are you to study
GCSE Computing next year?
Has the gap been narrowed?
2013
2011
2012
Learning Log
•
• Will distribute report through Computing At School
network in the hope that other schools might benefit.
...
The Process for Change
1.
2. Urgency: Before Year 8 select their GCSE courses
3. Build Time: Put intervention events in th...
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Narrowing the gap

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  • 1. NARROWING THE GAP Can leadership skills help narrow the gender gap in GCSE Computing? Dan Gardner @englandraider
  • 2. Context •Computing has only recently been available as a GCSE course (since 2010). •Study of GCSE Computing at Perins is entirely optional. •Gender imbalance in Computer Science is a national issue in schools, colleges, universities and industry.
  • 3. The Problem: Nationally
  • 4. Good News: Increasing Uptake 2010 2011 2012
  • 5. Bad News: The Gender Gap 2010 2011 2012
  • 6. Is It Just Preference? • • Although only three girls are currently studying Computing at Perins, they enjoy it and do well in assessments. • They are also keen to encourage other girls to consider studying Computing. • Positive feedback from parents… Is Computer Science a topic that is of little or no interest to girls? Dear Mr Gardner My daughter is really enjoying her Computing GCSE and is thinking about a possible career in IT. I wondered if you know whether there are any opportunities to do work experience at IBM Hursley? Thanks very much.
  • 7. The Process for Change 1. 2. Urgency: Before Year 8 select their GCSE courses. 3. Build Time: Put intervention events in the calendar. 4. Plan: Arrange realistic interventions. 5. Communication: Share plan with parents & students. 6. Manage: Ensure interventions are attended. 1. … Need: Observable gender gap.
  • 8. Action Plan
  • 9. Identification: Logical Thinkers • • Observed a positive correlation between high scores in “non- verbal reasoning” (logic) tests and ability with practical programming tasks. • Used Cognitive Ability Test data to identify 20 most “logical” girls in Year 8 (students about to choose GCSE courses). • Not the same as able maths. Noticed that many of the best students in my first GCSE group were very logical thinkers.
  • 10. Intervention: Raising Awareness
  • 11. Intervention: Experiencing Computing
  • 12. Intervention: Dialogue with peers •Year 10 girls already studying Computing invited to help run a stand at the GCSE “choices fair”. •These girls spoke confidently and enthusiastically to younger children (and parents) about their positive experience of Computing.
  • 13. Communication: Email to Parents Dear Parent, I am writing to you because I believe your daughter would enjoy taking Computing as one of her GCSE choices next year… Thanks for your email. We spoke at the ChoicesEvening and I am pleased tosay that Holly is very keen totake GCSE Computing!
  • 14. Measurement: Student Survey
  • 15. Measurement: Survey Results How much do you know about GCSE Computing?
  • 16. Measurement: Survey Results How likely are you to study GCSE Computing next year?
  • 17. Has the gap been narrowed? 2013 2011 2012
  • 18. Learning Log • • Will distribute report through Computing At School network in the hope that other schools might benefit. Published online as a blog for anyone to view. http://dangardner.schoolblogger.co.uk/category/mldp/
  • 19. The Process for Change 1. 2. Urgency: Before Year 8 select their GCSE courses 3. Build Time: Put intervention events in the calendar 4. Plan: Arrange realistic interventions 5. Communication: Share plan with parents & students 6. Manage: Ensure interventions are attended 1. Anchor the change: what about next year? Need: Observable gender gap