Techie teachers inspire kids

50 trainee teachers who received the first computing scholarships are now looking forward to starting their new careers in UK schools

The scholarship scheme is administered by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in partnership with the Department for Education, with the aim of helping to meet the growing need for computing teachers.

Bill Mitchell, BCS Director of Education said: “It’s great to be celebrating the first cohort of teaching scholars who have successfully completed their computing teacher training. These new teachers are going into schools this September at the start of the new Computing curriculum with the skills and knowledge needed to inspire future generations and ensure they have an excellent computing education.”

The newly trained teachers cite a variety of reasons for opting for a career delivering the new computing curriculum, including helping children to learn to think logically and develop life skills that will enable them to be problem solvers, creators and innovators.

Education Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Technology is everywhere and it is vital that children understand how to make it work for them. Our rigorous new computing curriculum will teach children real skills including programming, coding and how to create applications for smartphones.

“To make this possible we must have high-quality educators in our schools, which is why the Government has invested more than £3m in support and training, increased scholarships for computing teachers and teamed up with the sector to provide schemes like this.

“This first group of BCS scholars, drawn from a range of backgrounds including the computing industry, will now take their passion and expertise into the classroom to inspire young people and give them the skills they need to succeed in the modern world.”

Of the 311 applications received by the Institute for the scholarships, 79% held a degree in a computing-related subject, 46% were career changers having graduated with their first degree five years or more ago and the gender split was 33% female, 67% male.ʉ۬


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