Diversity & Inclusion report shows DSH effectively engages with diverse range of students

Author: Sophia Aker, programme coordinator

The new Diversity & Inclusion report examines participation across student demographics and makes recommendations on how to further improve diversity in the programme. 

Read the D&I report here.

Some of the key takeaways from the research are:

  • 96% of the lead teachers indicated that the resources and lessons were appropriate for delivery to pupils irrespective of their ethnicity and background. 
  • 91% of lead teachers agree that the DSH resources appeal equally to both genders. 
  • Over 95% of the lead teachers indicated that pupils on ‘Free School Meals’ were able to engage with the resources and lessons.
  • 52% of pupils designated as SEND engaged 'a lot' with the lessons and events, and no DSH lead teacher felt that pupils designated as SEND did not engage at all. 

The study, researched and written by third-party academics and our trusted Regional Academic Leads; Dr Irene Bell, Andrew Csizmadia and Dr Yota Dimitriadi following an online survey and virtual interviews with DSH’s lead teachers, focused on four areas of Diversity and Inclusion: special educational needs or disability (SEND), ethnicity and race, gender and socio-economic inequality.  

The research found that the DSH programme did effectively engage pupils across all four areas of diversity and inclusion. 

When asked to suggest ways in which DSH resources could promote further diversity and inclusion more than half the respondents suggested including a range of supporting images on the resources within the teaching packs. 

The report also made a number of recommendations to further support diversity and inclusion within the DSH programme, including delivering teacher training on inclusivity, signposting to diversity and inclusion resources effectively and developing resources such as DSH’s One Minute Mentor archive to ensure imagery promotes equality.  

 Director of the programme and head of education at Ukie, Shahneila Saeed, said of the report: 

“We are thrilled with the outcomes; and take on board the recommendations set with a view to continuously strive for improvement.  

Catering to diverse audiences, being inclusive and ensuring equal access for all learners to high quality education is and should be an intrinsic part of everything we do. Computing is a fun subject, one that we can all engage in and indeed need to if we are going to play our part in shaping what tomorrow’s world looks like.” 

We’re thrilled to have evidence-based report of how the programme addresses the needs of diverse range of students, as well as recommendations for how we can improve and continue our mission to deliver quality Computing education for all.  

Read the full report here.

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