Graduates offered £20k to train as Computer Science Teachers

Top graduates are to be offered up to £20,000 to train as computer science teachers on courses designed with help from Facebook and Microsoft, it has been announced.
Ministers have turned to the social networking giant and other leading technology firms in a bid to improve the quality of computer science teaching in England's schools.

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

Instead, new computer science courses, supported by top technology firms such as Facebook, Microsoft and IBM, will be introduced.

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 - creator of the internet - we need the very best computer science teachers in our classrooms. They need to have the right skills and deep subject knowledge to help their pupils."

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