BBC News – Computer science teachers offered cash incentive

October 26, 2012 at 5:56 am 2 comments

Great news that the UK is putting up cash incentives to draw in CS teachers! This move addresses the biggest concern that I have for the CS10K project — where are we going to get the teachers? What will motivate them to study CS? A cash reward would certainly help.

Isn’t it a little surprising that Facebook, Microsoft, and IBM are being asked to design the training for the new teachers? Why them? Because they have so much experience training teachers? Or teaching people about CS? They may do a wonderful job. It’s just not an obvious set of choices.

High-flying graduates are to be given a £20,000 golden handshake to train as computer science teachers.

Ministers have asked Facebook, Microsoft and IBM to help design the training for the new teachers.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said current information and communications technology (ICT) teacher training courses would be axed from next year.

The move “could not be more welcome or more necessary”, said Prof Steve Furber of the Royal Society.

via BBC News – Computer science teachers offered cash incentive.

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  • 1. Quintin Cutts  |  October 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Speaking from Scotland (which has a different education system to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and this announcement relates to England primarily), I think the reference to Facebook, Microsoft and IBM are slightly mis-quoted.
    The BCS Academy of Computing is setting up a so-called Network of Excellence – which is a network of universities all across the country acting as training and professional development providers for their local communities. Given that there are well over 100 universities in our over-crowded little islands, we should hopefully get good coverage.
    We in Scotland have also lobbied the government to support a national programme to develop strong, self-sustaining local teacher communities, making use of the Scottish universities. The good news is that Government is listening and we hope funding will be forthcoming in the New Year.

  • 2. Peter Donaldson  |  October 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Unfortunately the original article was a sloppy piece of journalism that was both inaccurate and misleading.

    The bursaries are to encourage new Computer Scientist’s into the teaching profession but I’m not aware of any of the companies having direct input into teacher training.

    The Network of Excellence on the other hand is being coordinated by the BCS Academy of Computing and Computing At School with the aim of creating a support network and improved training for existing teachers of ICT in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who would like to transition across to teaching Computer Science.


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