£20k scholarships to boost Computer Science teaching
By Nicole Kobie
Posted on 19 Oct 2012 at 14:11
The government is offering 50 scholarships worth £20,000 each to graduates wanting to train as Computer Science teachers.
Education secretary Michael Gove revealed the scholarships as part of wider plans to boost computer science teaching skills in the UK.
As part of that, the existing ICT teacher training courses will be cut in favour of Computer Science courses starting next September, following the government's syllabus shake-up. The government has also offered £150,000 to help fund computer training for existing teachers.
Having dedicated, high-calibre computer science teachers in schools will have a powerful effect
The 50 scholarships will be handed to people with tech skills who are willing to study to become teachers. The government will cover the cost of the preparation programme and the Computer Science Initial Teacher Training course. That was created with the BCS alongside industry players including Microsoft, Facebook, BT and IBM.
Graduates will need a 2:1 or first-class degree to apply.
Gove said the government was trying to "produce the next Sir Tim Berners-Lee" - who actually has a degree in physics from Oxford.
The changes to computing classes follow a series of complaints from students, teachers and industry that existing classes are undemanding and boring for students.
"Having dedicated, high-calibre computer science teachers in schools will have a powerful effect," said Ian Livingstone, Life President of Eidos and Chair of Next Gen Skills. "They will inspire and enable children to be creators of technology rather than being simply passive users of it."
"...a series of complaints from students, teachers and industry that existing classes are undemanding and boring for students"
Sounds like the curriculum is at fault.
By Alfresco on 19 Oct 2012
Do something else.....
If you're the type of person who would be bored by computer science classes then I suggest you choose another career. Working in IT isn't all ipads and iphones. We have proper commercial IT hardware that isn't always the most exciting or shiny shiny.
By everton2004 on 21 Oct 2012
More amateur crap from Govey
Mr Gove is to educating what Atilla the Hun was to the Roman Empire
By wittgenfrog on 22 Oct 2012
The moron solution - cut off the good foot
ICT: Working, sort of - £150,000
Computer Science: Banjaxed + £150,000
By skgiven on 26 Oct 2012
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