Published on October 31, 2012 | by Daniel Brown

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Scholarships for graduates to train teachers

A class of students being shown a powerpoint presentation

It is hoped the scholarships will modernise teaching [Betsyweber]

High achieving graduates are to be offered £20,000 scholarships to train as computer science teachers.

An estimated 50 scholarships will be awarded in the first year to graduates who have attained at least a 2:1.

Around 500 existing Information Computer Technology teachers are being retrained in order to teach computer science by leading computer companies including IBM and Microsoft.

Professor Chris Bishop, a leading scientist at Microsoft research, said: “Microsoft is passionate about improving the way that we teach technology in schools, but also how we use technology to teach.

“As founding members of the Computing at School working group, we’ve been working to inspire both teachers and young people about the importance of computer science for a number of years.

“Bringing modern technology and training into the classroom is essential.” Sue Burgess

“Scholarships will be vital in ensuring that the UK maintains a healthy pipeline of computer science talent, which can only be a positive thing for this country’s future prosperity,” Bishop said.

According to the Department of Education, who will be responsible for funding the scholarships, graduates must already have a decent understanding of the concepts of digital literacy in order to qualify.

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, said the existing ICT curriculum in schools needed revamping, arguing that pupils were becoming demotivated with learning basic skills such as word processing.

Gove hopes that the proposed curriculum could facilitate the creation of basic animations and applications for smartphones during lessons.

Sue Burgess, Head of ICT at Hazelwick School in West Sussex, said: “Bringing modern technology and training into the classroom is essential to ensure that student capability matches the expectations of the real world.”

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