Today, we publish findings from research exploring how Computer Science is presented in options booklets and at options evenings — two key points in the GCSE selection process that may contribute to the gender imbalance in the subject.
14 December 2022
Today we are sharing the results of the Relevance intervention, which was designed to explore answers to this question, and to specifically investigate whether learning about computing in real-world contexts would increase girls’ intention to study GCSE Computer Science.
29 November 2022
When female pupils participate in non-formal computing initiatives, they may not see how this learning relates to them achieving their long-term goals. This intervention aimed to address this barrier by focusing on strengthening the links between non-formal and formal learning within schools.
01 November 2022
Gender Balance in Computing: Developing a sense of belonging in computing using role models and parental encouragement
Today we are publishing the evaluation report for the next intervention from a series of interventions designed to address various barriers to girls’ uptake in computing.
14 October 2022
We've published the results of a project that explored the use of a teaching approach called peer instruction in secondary schools with Year 8 (pupils aged 12 to 13), with the aim of increasing girls’ engagement in computing lessons and study choices.
24 August 2022
Gender Balance in Computing: Trialling a pair programming teaching approach in primary computing lessons
Today's evaluation report shares the results of the Pair Programming intervention. It explores whether using a teaching approach called pair programming has a positive impact on girls' attitudes towards computing.
07 July 2022
Today we have published the first of a series of evaluation reports for the Gender Balance in Computing programme. This first evaluation report concerns the feasibility of our pilot study of a teaching approach based on storytelling in key stage 1.
10 May 2022
Katharine Childs shares some of our team’s book recommendations that delve deeper into the history of gender balance in computing and may inspire you to consider actions to shift the balance.
08 March 2022
Hayley Leonard shares how we can demonstrate the importance of computing for helping others and improving society, with the aim of keeping more girls and women engaged in the subject.
03 November 2021
How can teachers increase students' confidence and reduce anxiety in problem-solving in the computing classroom?
Henna Gorsia explores gender differences in computing anxiety and discusses how interactivity can help ease performance anxiety and how coding challenges can help ease cognitive overload. The blog post also provides useful resources which can be used in the classroom to help ease computing anxiety.
02 September 2021