12,000 new teachers to be trained at National Centre for Computing


The Government have announced that 12,000 extra computer science teachers will be trained at a new National Centre for Computing.

Chancellor Philip Hammond made the announcement during Wednesday’s Budget, as he set out his vision to create a more ‘hi-tech Britain’ by unveiling a four-year plan that is set to cost £84 million.

Training will be delivered to thousands of teachers in secondary education by the National STEM Learning Centre, the British Computer Society and the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

In January this year, computing teachers were placed on the shortage occupation list by the Migration Advisory Committee, which means specialists can be hired from outside the EU.

Google has welcomed the announcement and will also pledge a further £1 million in grants to help train teachers and build on the progress that has been made since computing was added to the curriculum in 2014.

Specialist training and support will be given to teachers at the centre to ensure that they possess the knowledge needed to inspire the next generation.

The centre will also play a key part in helping ICT teachers to adapt to the new computing curriculum, so they feel comfortable teaching computing science.

Figures released by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) show that entries into the computer science GCSE increased from 61,220 in 2016, to 67,800 this year, which means there is now a greater need for high-level teachers.

The Chancellor also announced that £42 million will be spent over three years to improve the quality of teaching through extra training.

Funding will be used on a pilot project that will be implemented in under-performing schools across England, with each teacher taking part able to access £1,000 worth of training.