Data Education in Schools

‘Data Education in Schools’ is a UK and Scottish Government funded project to teach data literacy and data citizenship skills to learners ages 3-18 years old in the Edinburgh and surrounding area.  It is an eight year project that aims to reach all learners within the six local authorities of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

The Data Education in Schools vision is to be a world-leading data education centre supporting young people across the region to develop the confidence, competence and ambition to use data to benefit themselves and their communities. 

We offer high quality, evidence-based education about data to all young people regardless of gender, location or socio-economic background  

We aim to:

Support young people to be aware of their data rights and responsibilities  

Support young people to use and interpret data critically and ethically to inform decision-making 

Offer sustainable skills progression to the teaching profession based on research-informed pedagogy 

Ensure that the values of ‘data for good’ underpin curriculum development and uses real-world data sets and problems, scenarios 

Ensure that our approach is research-led and evidence-based 

Support the integration of schools, university, community and industry in partnership 

Data Education in Schools is part of a wider programme to develop data driven innovation within the region, with the ambition of making Edinburgh the data capital of Europe.  Data Education in Schools will work with Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian, Fife and Borders local authorities, as well as the local further education colleges, Edinburgh Napier and Heriot Watt universities and local employers to offer opportunities to learners at all stages over the 8 year period of the project.

The lead points of contact for this area of work are:

Professor Judy Robertson (Principal Investigator) 
judy.robertson@ed.ac.uk
+44 (0)131 651

Jo Spiller (Strategic Programme Director)
jo.spliller@ed.ac.uk
+44 (0)131 651 6548

Other colleagues working in this area:

Kate Farrell

Tommy Lawson

Jenni Doonan

Professor Greg Michaelson

 

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