It found that one of the main barriers to expanding Computer Science education in Ireland’s schools is a lack of qualified teachers.
:: As of August 2022, there were just 34 accredited Computer Science teachers.
:: Out of a total of 140 teachers involved with the Computer Science programme, the vast majority of those teaching it were doing so without Teaching Council accreditation for the subject.
:: In focus groups with school leaders and teachers, the research revealed that a lack of qualified teachers was the number one barrier to making Coding and Computer Science available at their school.
:: Only 15.6% of schools offered Computer Science at Leaving Certificate - 114 out of 728 post-primary schools
:: 117 out of 728 post-primary schools offered Junior Cycle Coding
:: 34 accredited Computer Science teachers in Ireland
:: Of a total of 140 teachers involved with the Computer Science programme, the vast majority of those teaching the subject are doing so without Teaching Council accreditation for the subject
:: A significant gender gap in participation in the subject is emerging: 60% of Junior Cycle Coding, and 70% of Leaving Certificate Computer Science students in 2022 were male
The report highlights a range of emergent challenges and recommendations for the effective integration of Computer Science skills and practices within formal education in Ireland across the primary and post-primary sector.
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