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Teachers to get IT training boost

22/07/2009 Joanna
Those in jobs in education are to receive an extra £5.6 million of funding to help bring technology into the classroom.
Funded by the Department for Children Schools and Families, the initiative is designed to help all those from primary school staff through to sixth form level.
The programme is to be delivered by the Open University and e-Skills UK which hope to help teachers make use of technology as a learning tool, improving the IT skills of their students.
Karen Price, chief executive of e-skills UK, said that developments in technology had placed "new demands" on teachers.
"To prepare young people for successful futures we need to transform the way in which technology is taught and used in education," she added.
Although teachers of all subjects will be involved, the programme will particularly focus on technology teachers.
The training providers plan to share experience on how IT is used to drive business and innovation.
E-skills UK is licensed by the government as the sector skills council for business and information technology.
It aims to work alongside employers, the government and those in education to help address a national skills-shortage.
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