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New funding for computer science teaching

25/04/2013 Joanna
The government has allocated new funding to an initiative that will enable leading computer science teachers to pass their expertise onto other individuals in teacher jobs.

More than £2 million is being made available to allow BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, to expand its existing network of excellence in teaching computer science by recruiting 400 master teachers in this subject over the next two years.

Subsequently, these master teachers will each pass their skills and subject knowledge onto 40 schools so primary and secondary teachers of computer science in 16,000 schools can deliver the computer science element of the new computing curriculum, as well as the new computer science GCSE.

Computing will remain a statutory subject for all primary and secondary pupils under the new proposed curriculum, which places an additional emphasis on aspects of computer science and practical programming such as algorithms, coding and hardware.

Furthermore, as of January 2014, computer science will be included as a science option for the English Baccalaureate.

Announcing the new funding at an event co-hosted by Facebook and Microsoft founder Bill Gates' Gates Foundation, Ms Truss said the new computing curriculum would teach pupils how digital technologies work and how to create new ones, rather than how to passively consume them.

She argued: "This brings exciting challenges for computing teachers - we are raising our expectations of the subject knowledge they should have, including how computers work, programming and coding.

"We want a generation of children being taught how to write computer animations or design apps for smartphones - not be bored by lessons in how to fill in spreadsheets or learn word processing."

The Department for Education previously allocated BCS with £150,000 in 2012 and 2013 to establish the network of teaching excellence for computer science teachers.

Since September 2012, 28 master teachers have been recruited to lead continual professional development programmes for other local teachers.

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