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Success! Increasing the number of girls studying GCSE Computing

Overview: In the academic year 2012-2013 I ran a small project at my school to try and encourage more girls to study GCSE Computing (an entirely optional subject, on offer since 2011). I am pleased to say that with some … Continue reading

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Girls in Computing: Student Survey

Last Friday I gathered my “Girls in Computing” focus group together one final time, to share some chips (!) and complete a short online questionnaire designed to gather opinions and find out if this small project has had an impact … Continue reading

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Girls in Computing: Parent Email

Below is a copy of the email that I sent out to the parents of the students involved in my “Girls in Computing” focus group: Dear Parent, I am writing to you because I believe your daughter would enjoy taking … Continue reading

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GCSE Choices Fair

Last night was the “GCSE choices fair” at my school. Year 8 students and their families were invited to the Sports Hall where each department offering GCSE courses exhibited information and answered questions. I invited a handful of existing students … Continue reading

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Computing Girls: Robot Workshop

Today my focus group of the 22 “most logical” girls in Year 8 took part in a one hour Robot Workshop (to coincide with National Science & Engineering Week). This workshop was the brainchild of David Kempton who travelled down from the Thales Group … Continue reading

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Dr Reena Pau: Helping to narrow the gender gap in Computing

I had a very constructive informal meeting with Dr Reena Pau at the University of Southampton today. We discussed my project to encourage more girls to study GCSE Computer Science, particularly in the next academic year. Survey Data The most … Continue reading

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Narrowing the Gender Gap: Encouraging girls to take GCSE Computing

As part of a Middle Leader Development Programme I am currently enrolled in, I have been asked to identify some work I can do at school under the title “Narrowing the Gap”. Since we have implemented so many changes to … Continue reading

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Girls and Computer Science

I am really pleased that so many students at Perins are choosing to follow the OCR GCSE Computing course. Here are the numbers in each GCSE year (the school runs GCSE courses over 3 years): Year 11: 20 boys / … Continue reading

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