Tech providers chosen for National Centre for Computing Education

The UK’s first National Centre for Computing Education will be run by a consortium made up of STEM Learning, the British Computing Society and the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The Centre, which is backed by £84 million, will work with the University of Cambridge, while Google will also support the project with a further £1million.

Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb said: "As our digital industry makes an increasingly significant contribution to our economy, it is important that our computer science teachers are trained to teach the latest digital skills, ensuring young people benefit from a high quality computing education.

"The new computer science GCSE has more challenging content such as computer programming and coding. This new National Centre for Computing Education, led by some of the UK’s leading tech experts, will give teachers the subject knowledge and support they need to teach pupils the new computing curriculum. This is part of this Government’s drive to raise academic standards so that pupils have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in our outward looking and dynamic economy."

The Centre will start working with schools across England later this year, improving teaching and driving up participation in computer science at GCSE and A-Level.

The Centre will operate virtually through a national network of up to 40 school-led computing hubs to provide training and resources to primary and secondary schools, and an intensive training programme for secondary teachers without a post A-Level qualification in computer science.

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