In light of GCSE results day, figures released this morning by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) showed a significant increase in the number of girls taking Computing – up more than 7% in the UK, with a 14% increase in the number of girls.
Despite, girls still being heavily outnumbered by boys, making up less than a quarter of the total entries, they continue to outperform their male peers at the subject, with just under 25% getting A/7 compared with 21% of boys.
Commenting on the importance of promoting STEM subjects and the variety of job opportunities available to both boys and girls in the UK, Dominic Harvey, Director at CWJobs, said:
“Whilst the year-on-year rise in the number of students taking Computing as an GCSE subject across the UK is very positive, the education system and government must do more to make these subjects appeal to both girls and boys. Much like most STEM subjects, we’re seeing a rise in the number of girls taking Computing; however the majority taking the subject firmly remains boys.
“A great way to increase this is by promoting the diversity of possible future careers subjects such as Computing can lead to, that are outside any redundant stereotypes. Tech skills are used in various industries from sports to agriculture, from cars to movies. Once students can understand where it can take you, Computing’s popularity can only rise.”