BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has welcomed the announcement from the Department for Education that BCS, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and STEM Learning have been successful in their bid, as a consortium, to set up the National Centre for Computing Education.
This level of investment is unprecedented anywhere in the world for teacher training in the field of computing and computer science. It is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the way that computer science is taught.
BCS Group CEO, Paul Fletcher said:
“It is vital that every child in every school has access to world-leading computing education, and this means that every computing teacher has access to the support that they need. The subject of Computing was only introduced four years ago and is still new for schools and that’s why it’s important to build on the energy and enthusiasm of the many teachers who are already committed to the success of this subject. We are delighted to form part of the Consortium and to continue to work with the community of Computing teachers.”
Chief Executive of STEM Learning, Yvonne Baker said:
“High quality, knowledgeable teaching of computer science is the cornerstone of achieving these aims. Evidence tells us this is fundamental to raising attainment, and driving up participation, particularly for girls. We warmly welcome this investment which will be instrumental in preparing young people for the increasingly technological world they will grow up in, and strengthening the UK economy.”