Demand for workers with specialist data skills like data scientists and data engineers has more than tripled over five years (+231%). The Royal Society’s Dynamics of data science report brings together research that illustrates the increased demand for data science skills in the job market, and identifies four major areas for action to strengthen the UK’s data science talent base.
Top of the list is to develop foundational skills; ensuring our education system provides all young people with data science knowledge and skills, which will require curriculum change within ten years. Currently data skills tends to sit within computing and mathematics, but it can also be used to successfully support science.
Teachers from the Royal Society Schools Network have developed two introductions to data science that can support students learning about data in the world around them at primary level.
Data science lesson plans
Age 5-7 (Key stage 1)
Age 8 – 11 (Key stage 2)
If you use any of these resources with your class, please do email us with any feedback you have so we can review the impact these resources are having in schools across the UK.