The UK Government has outlined its plans to train up the first generation of computer science teachers as it prepares to introduce the course to the curriculum.
To begin in schools from September 2013, Education Secretary Michael Gove also announced that funding had ended for the current Information and Communications Technology teacher training courses in preparation for the new subject.
Experts in computer science, including the British Computer Society, Naace and the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education, have worked with education professionals to set out the requirements for subject knowledge that teachers will need.
Some key aspects teachers will be trained in are computer science concepts and various approaches such as algorithms, data representation and logic.
Around 500 teachers with existing ICT backgrounds will be trained up through a new network of “computer science teaching excellence”, partly funded by a £150,000 government grant.
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