Microsoft backs UK teachers' programme

British teachers will be taught computer science by experts from Microsoft in advance of the subject being put on the National Curriculum

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Technology giant Microsoft is helping to train teachers in computer science ahead of the arrival of the subject on the school curriculum.

The Windows developer has announced a partner scheme with the Computing at Schools Group worth more than £300,000 that will train and support up to 50,000 teachers to prepare them for the introduction of computer science into the national curriculum this September.

The aim of the scheme is to help teachers understand the new subjects, which include computer coding, to make lessons more engaging for students who already have an understanding of technology.

Named ‘Countdown to Computing’, the initiative will see two training courses created for teachers; one each for primary and secondary school level, as well as include resources for use in the classroom during the first term of the new curriculum.


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