As part of our focus on ensuring a high level of digital skills and computational thinking amongst our young people, SQA, Education Scotland and Scottish Government have recently been discussing the potential professional learning needs of those who teach Computing Science in Scottish secondary schools.   Of course, the people who are best able to judge this are the teachers themselves.  We have therefore developed a questionnaire asking about current provision and priorities, with a view to informing any future action. We would be grateful if you could complete this by Tuesday 20 December 2016.

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* 1. Name

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* 2. School

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* 3. Local authority

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* 4. Principal and other subjects taught 

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* 5. Number of years teaching

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* 6. Please give a short description of broad general education Computing Science provision at your school.

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* 7. What CfE Computing Science courses are taught at your school?

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* 8. What vocational and/or work-based Computing units/awards are offered in your school?

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* 9. In relation to Developing the Young Workforce, which new or additional vocational or work-based Computing units/awards might be considered for school pupils, either directly or in partnership with another school or college? Please indicate if more delivery support would be required.

  Would consider offering Support needed - Yes Support needed - No
National Progression Units/Awards 
National Certificate Units/Awards 
HNC Units/Awards 
SVQ/Diploma Units/Awards

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* 10. What professional learning in Computing Science have you undertaken in the last 3 years? Please rate quality of training undertaken and provide further information in the boxes eg length, format, provider, level/age-range if relevant.

poor acceptable good excellent
Relational databases using Access
SQA structured language (Haggis)
Sharing practice of using Raspberry Pi
Visual Basic 2012 for Higher Computing Science
HTML
Python programming
Cascading stylesheets
Javascript
CSS coding
SQL
PHP
Other programming languages
Information systems
Cyber security
Data analysis
Computer games/mobile technology development
Digital design and web development
Plan C
Other - include any generic courses with relevance to Computing Science eg computational thinking, and the providers eg local authority, commercial (Microsoft), etc

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* 11. Please specify your professional learning priorities and level of need.

I don't need at all I need some  I really need Not now, but I will need in future
Relational databases using Access
SQA structured language (Haggis)
Sharing practice of using Raspberry Pi
Visual Basic 2012 for Higher Computing Science
HTML
Python programming
Cascading stylesheets
Javascript
CSS coding
SQL
PHP
Other programming languages
Information systems 
Cyber security
Data analysis
Computer games/mobile technology development
Digital design and web development
Generic digital skills
Computational thinking
Pedagogy (eg embedding technologies in curriculum)

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* 12. If there is an area of professional development related to Computing Science you would be interested in which is not listed above please provide details for each level applicable.

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* 13. Do you have a preferred format for professional development?

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* 14. Which of the following would you be likely to use to support your professional learning and teaching:

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* 15. If there are any other Computing Science-focused courses or resources that you would recommend or have created and would be willing to share with colleagues at national or local level please provide details below.

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* 16. Any further comments

Thank you very much for completing this survey.  Your responses will be confidential and used for research purposes only.

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