This proposal focuses on how best to educate all the children in the City Region about data.
Our feasibility project on Data Education in Schools is a key part of the ambition to deliver inclusive growth through the City Region Deal and bridges the gap between the University of Edinburgh’s initial work with Midlothian Council and a larger, more ambitious plan to reach all schools across the City Region.
The long-term programme would help the City Region Deal deliver its ambitions to foster ‘data talent’ in an inclusive way by educating 113,000 school learners about data. Every child in the City Region will have the opportunity to learn, regardless of gender, socio-economic background or geographical location.
Meeting that objective rests on ensuring that data education is integrated into the curriculum, teachers are skilled in delivering data related material and that suitable technology platforms are available in schools to support learning. So this project will produce a report about technology infrastructure and existing practices for data education in local schools, a draft data curriculum and five units of data learning materials, drafted and tried in at least one school. Inequalities in access to technology within schools in the City Region will also be documented, and recommended routes to addressing potential gaps in provision will be developed.
Staff will develop curriculum and learning materials; provide professional learning for teachers; survey school technology and data education practices; and raise funding for a longer-term programme.
The plan has been developed in consultation with local authority teachers and education officers, as well as SQA, Skills Development Scotland, Education Scotland and Scottish Government.