Schools minister announces boost to computer science teaching

Education Executive is reporting that measures to give teachers the support they need to teach pupils skills such as coding, computer programming and cyber-security announced by the DfE

Organisations are invited to run the first ever National Centre of Computing Science Education, the school standards minister Nick Gibb has announced.

The national centre, along with 40 leading schools across the country, will help improve teaching of the computing curriculum and is supported by a new programme which will train up to 8,000 computing teachers on the latest digital skills – that is enough to ensure every secondary school in England has a teacher who can support pupils to succeed.

This announcement comes as thousands of pupils prepare to sit reformed GCSEs in twenty subjects this year, including computer science. It follows last year’s successful introduction of reformed maths and English GCSEs, with 59.1% of pupils achieving a grade 4 or above in these subjects. The new, gold-standard GCSEs are on a par with the best in the world and will help deliver the skilled workforce Britain’s industries need.

School standards minister Nick Gibb said: “The fast-paced world of technology is constantly evolving and it is important that our computer science teachers are trained in the very latest digital skills.

“This programme will give teachers the subject knowledge and support they need to guide their pupils through the new computing curriculum. The knowledge pupils will gain in this subject at GCSE and A level will help employers to be able to recruit the skilled workforce they need, helping to build a Britain that is fit for the future.”

Some of the funding will also be used for an A-level support programme. This will set out to improve the quality of teaching in AS and A level computer science and increase students’ knowledge and understanding so they are better prepared for further study and employment in digital and technology roles.

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