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Almost 100 Scottish organisations and individuals sign new digital education charter

A great article by FutureScot focusing on the progress of the Digital Technology Education Charter.

“Since the Digital Technology Education Charter – which aims to encourage uptake of computing science among students and help bridge the skills gap – went live on 12 May, 32 organisations and 62 individuals have shown their support for the organisation and its aims.

The impressive list of signatories includes trade body ScotlandIS, Microsoft, and the Scottish Tech Army, as well as University of Glasgow computing science lecturer Dr Matthew Barr and various other experts in the field.

Toni Scullion, a computing science teacher at St.Kentigern’s Academy in West Lothian, founder of dressCode and driving force behind the new operation says the current shortage of computing science teachers and growing digital skills gap in industry is “really scary and really concerning.”

She said: “When it comes to computing science in Scotland, we’ve got so many problems. Lack of teachers, the gender gap, really poor uptake across the country. If we’re not careful we’re going to have an even more serious situation on our hands.

“We’ve got schools across the country that don’t even deliver computing science so we’ve got a lot of problems and that was like sort of all that encompassed was the reason why I started DressCode and lots of other initiatives.

You can read the full article here.