CityFibre has teamed up with the Data Education in Schools project at the University of Edinburgh to create a learning tool that helps school pupils develop skills in data science.
Education in Schools is part of the DDI Skills Gateway – a £6.9m investment in
data skills and education as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City
Region Deal. CityFibre’s support of the project comes as it is investing more
than £100m to bring its full fibre network to within reach of almost every home
and business across the city.
supports the SQA’s Data Science National Progression Award (NPA), a school
level qualification in data science, which is the first of its kind. CityFibre
provided a data set and problem statement which has been developed into an
end-to-end example activity, guiding users through the steps of solving a
real-world business problem using data.
students to get practical data science experience and develop an understanding
of how data is used in society, whilst highlighting the benefits in applying a
data solution to a business problem. It has been designed in such a way that it
can be done virtually if required, ensuring the programme is accessible to all.
It also includes the flexibility so that the business question can be changed and
different outputs developed.
programme has now been successfully trialled in schools, with one school
reporting three senior pupils deciding to study data science at university on
the back of completing the NPA. Teaching resources are now being developed with
the programme being rolled out across the UK.
Elaine Doherty, Head of Data Insights at CityFibre, says: “As soon as we heard about the NPA Data Science award and its potential to encourage the next generation to get involved in data science, we really wanted to support the project. Across our world-class full fibre networks, we handle massive amounts of data and can see the value of managing data well, and the massive benefits data can bring to businesses.
required to handle data effectively are transferrable across a number of
different sectors, and these skills are becoming more and more sought after in
an increasingly digital workforce. We are thrilled to see how our partnership
has developed into such an engaging tool and hope it helps to encourage the
next generation of data scientists.”
Kate Farrell, Director of Development and Professional Learning, Data Education in Schools at the University of Edinburgh, adds: “Schools have found it so valuable having access to a local dataset. Educators have appreciated seeing how data science can take place in the workplace and learners find it useful to see that the skills they are learning in class can be applied in the workplace. The CityFibre resource is particularly welcomed by educators because it gives learners an understanding of the assessment for the National Progression Award in Data Science and a chance to practice their skills.”
is currently rolling out full fibre digital infrastructure across Edinburgh,
future-proofing the city’s connectivity and enabling residents, businesses and
services to benefit from fast, reliable internet services.
the UK, CityFibre is already working with Vodafone, TalkTalk, Zen and an
ever-increasing number of partners, offering some of the fastest and most
competitive broadband packages available.