Number of Computing teachers in schools in your local authority

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Dear Dumfries and Galloway Council,

My name is Kate Farrell and I am an executive committee member of Computing at School Scotland (CASS), the Computing teachers association. I would like to submit a Freedom of Information request.

1. I want to know how many Computing teachers work in Secondary schools in the local authority currently. To clarify, I want to know about teachers of Computing or Computer Science, not teachers of Business Studies or Administration.

I would ideally like to have the information broken down by school and in Full Time Equivalent (FTE) format, if possible.

2. If a school no longer has teachers teaching Computing or Computing-related subjects or a Computing department then I would like to know the reason for this decision.

3. If a school no longer has teachers teaching Computing or Computing-related subjects or a Computing department then I would like to know how the Computer Science outcomes in the Broad General Education are delivered by the school.

4. In your local authority have you had any Computer teacher vacancies in the local authority in the last year and if so, have you had any issues or problems recruiting (if applicable)?

5. At any point in the last year in your local authority have you had any problems getting a Computing supply teacher for any of the schools in your council?

To clarify this FOI request, here is a suggested format for the information about each Secondary school in your local authority:
School name:
Number of Computing teachers (in FTE):
If number = 0, then explanation why:
If number of teachers = 0 then how is CS taught in BGE?:

Here is the format I would like the information about your local authority that does not require broken down by school:
Computing teacher vacancies in 2015-16? Yes / No
If yes, any problems recruiting Computing teachers? Yes / No / Not applicable
Problems getting Computing supply teachers: Yes / No

Many thanks for your assistance in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Kate Farrell

Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Please find below the Council's response to your request 197206 which was received on 31/05/2016.

Details of request: 1. I want to know how many Computing teachers work in Secondary schools in the local authority currently. To clarify, I want to know about teachers of Computing or Computer Science, not teachers of Business Studies or Administration.

I would ideally like to have the information broken down by school and in Full Time Equivalent (FTE) format, if possible.

2. If a school no longer has teachers teaching Computing or Computing-related subjects or a Computing department then I would like to know the reason for this decision.

3. If a school no longer has teachers teaching Computing or Computing-related subjects or a Computing department then I would like to know how the Computer Science outcomes in the Broad General Education are delivered by the school.

4. In your local authority have you had any Computer teacher vacancies in the local authority in the last year and if so, have you had any issues or problems recruiting (if applicable)?

5. At any point in the last year in your local authority have you had any problems getting a Computing supply teacher for any of the schools in your council?

To clarify this FOI request, here is a suggested format for the information about each Secondary school in your local authority:
School name:
Number of Computing teachers (in FTE):
If number = 0, then explanation why:
If number of teachers = 0 then how is CS taught in BGE?:

Here is the format I would like the information about your local authority that does not require broken down by school:
Computing teacher vacancies in 2015-16? Yes / No If yes, any problems recruiting Computing teachers? Yes / No / Not applicable Problems getting Computing supply teachers: Yes / No

Response:

Q1-3: Computing teachers working in secondary schools

Annan Academy: 2.2 FTE computing teachers

Castle Douglas High School: 0 FTE computing teachers
When the previous computing teacher left they were not replaced. BGE outcomes are covered by Business and IT.

Dalbeattie High School: 0 FTE teachers
Computing delivered by 2 Maths/Science staff (equivalent 0.2FTE) with background in using computing professionally. This is a popular option in S2, taken up by most of cohort. Totality of outcomes addressed extensively, including extensive application of 'Understanding the world through computational thinking' and 'Designing, building and testing computing solutions'. Some coverage also of 'Understanding and analysing computing technology', while this is also covered through wider Technologies curriculum.

Dalry Secondary School: 0 FTE computing teachers
Current HT is unclear as to when or why the decision to stop teaching computing as a discrete subject in the senior school was taken. It is, however, likely to be reinstated in the future.

S1 and S2 have a dedicated ICT period where the level 3+ computer science outcomes are comprehensively covered. The S3 extension is optional.

Douglas Ewart High School: 2 FTE computing teachers

Dumfries Academy: 0 FTE computing teachers
Staffing levels determine why Admin and IT teachers, as well as a Maths teacher, co-deliver Computing Studies in the senior school. Dual qualification allows this. We do deliver National 4, National 5 and Higher Computing Studies.

Computer science outcomes delivered within an integrated Computing and IT course delivered in the S2 and S3 experience at DFSA. No S1 discrete ICT provision in S1 (due to staffing) and aspects of other technological courses (e.g CDT) part-deliver some computing outcomes. The S3 experience is optional, element of personalisation and choice for S3.

Dumfries High School: 1 FTE computing teacher

Kirkcudbright Academy: 1 FTE computing teacher

Langholm Academy: 1 FTE computing teachers

Lockerbie Academy: 0 FTE teachers
The member of staff is dually qualified and delivering the second subject was the priority.
The structure and content of the new qualifications was a major concern to the teacher who felt it would be very difficult for students and not an attractive option long-term.

BGE coverage can be achieved through Admin and IT subjects.

The vast majority of Computer Science Es and Os are overtaken within the IT, Admin and Technical course plans for S1-3. We have also participated in raspberry pi project with UWS for all our S2 and S3 pupils and have the opportunity to do this with MicroBits - to focus on the programming aspect of Computer Science. There is no requirement to cover each and every one of the Es and Os.

Maxwelltown High School: 2 FTE computing teachers

Moffat Academy: 0 FTE computing teachers
Limited staffing allocation/difficulty recruiting. Outcomes delivered as far as possible by other staff in the technologies faculty.

St Joseph's College: 2.4 FTE computing teachers

Sanquhar Academy: 1 FTE computing teacher

Stranraer Academy: 1 FTE computing teacher

Wallace Hall Academy: 0 FTE computing teachers
There is not an uptake in Computing or Computing Science in our school. Business Studies teachers deliver outcomes and experiences of Computing in the BGE.

Q4/5: Computing teaching vacancies / problems getting computing supply teachers

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