If there are currently 28,787 qualified teachers in the UK, how many have a degree in computing?
According to Computing magazine: 3.
Sounds low. A quick search of the BCS web site doesn’t reveal the source of the data, I’ll ask…
Following my unsuccessful search I asked Dawinderpal, the author of the article in computing, for a reference to the statistic. It came from “a BCS spokesperson – Simon Humphries, in a recent Westminster eForum.” and Dawinderpal pointed me to the BCS press office for confirmation. At the BCS, Lynda kindly dug out a link to Next Gen. Transforming the UK into the world’s leading talent hub for the video games and visual effects industries a review by Ian Livingstone and Alex Hope for NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). Trawling through that report I found the following:
Data from the General Teaching Council (GTC) suggests that of the 28,767 teachers who were awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QYS) passes and registered with the GTC in 2010, only three qualified in computing or computing science
as their primary qualification (compared with 750 in ICT) [Source: National Registrar of Teachers, General Teacher Council, 2011]
That’s a little different from the quote in the Computing article:
This observation is highlighted by the finding that of the 28,787 qualified teachers who are currently in the UK, just three hold a degree in computing, according to IT industry body BCS.