Gove announces £20,000 computer science teacher scholarships

The education secretary has announced new computer science teacher training scholarships run by the BCS.

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, is looking for would-be computer science teachers to take up the new scholarship scheme announced last week by education secretary Michael Gove.

The scheme will be run in conjunction with the Teaching Agency on behalf of the Department for Education. The scheme has the backing of companies including Microsoft, IBM, BT, and Facebook.

Bill Mitchell, director of the BCS Academy of Computing, said, "Our vision is for every secondary school to have outstanding computer science teachers.

"We want to ensure students have an intellectually rigorous, inspiring and excellent computer science education that equips them for progression into further education and a professional career.”

Each scholarship will be worth £20,000 for those engaged in an initial teacher training course with the funding supplied by the Department for Education. Around 50 scholarships per year will be awarded and the BCS will also broker mentoring and development opportunities with schools, universities and major employers.

The scheme is intended to be part of a range of activities that nurture future computer science Master Teachers (as defined by the education department) who will lead innovation both within their own school and in collaboration with other schools.

Gove said, “Computer science is not just a rigorous, fascinating and intellectually challenging subject. It is also vital to our success in the global race. If we want our country to produce the next Sir Tim Berners-Lee we need the very best computer science teachers in our classrooms."

The announcement of the scholarship scheme follows the recent launch of a Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science, involving schools and universities, that aims to support computer science teachers.

BCS recently launched a free mobile app development course on iTunes U. The course, developed in partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh, features lessons with a video, tutor and learner notes.

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