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Technology experts to train teachers in computing

22/01/2015 Joanna
Experts from several leading technology firms are to help teachers across the country prepare for the introduction of the new computing curriculum.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan announced that £3.6 million of government funding has been pledged to support five new projects in which experts provide training for primary school teachers at top-tier institutions like Queen Mary University of London, University College London and the University of Oxford.

Services provided through the new projects, which will involve companies such as O2 and Google, include online seminars, national conferences, booklets for teachers and video examples of teaching approaches.

Some £15,000 from the Department for Education (DfE), and £15,000 from the University of Northampton and Turn IT On, will be used by the Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development at Oxford Brookes University to deliver training through a Massive Open Online Course.

Another project, involving Queen Mary University of London working closely with Hertford College, Oxford, will use £25,000 of DfE money and a further £25,000 matched funding from Google to create resources that promote computing-related thinking skills.

The new curriculum, which has already been studied by more than four million primary school children, places a greater emphasis on experience of programming and understanding the fundamental principles of computer science.

Ms Morgan said: "I am delighted that once again top industry experts have taken an active role in helping develop these projects, and I look forward to seeing them pay dividends in our classrooms."

In June 2014, 43,000 teachers were offered training in the curriculum by companies like Microsoft and IBM.

The new initiatives will add to the sector-led training work that is currently taking place, including the creation of a network of 400 'master teachers' by the British Computer Society to train staff in other schools and provide resources for use in the classroom.

In addition, Computing at School has been provided with £1.1 million to help train primary teachers already working in the classroom through online resources and school workshops.

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