Headteachers are under continued pressure from the government, Ofsted, and parents as they face further budget cuts and a global teacher recruitment crisis. While the UK government has set up several initiatives to encourage new faces into the sector and to help lower recruitment costs, schools are left with the challenge of trying to retain current staff and ensuring there are no gaps in knowledge in their settings.
In STEM related subjects, such as Computer Science, recruitment targets are drastically falling short compared to other subjects. Diversity and inclusivity are top priorities for the STEM sector and education plays a vital in role in delivering on that, by ensuring children have appropriate role models to learn from, adding additional complexities to the challenge schools face.
Teaching Teachers Tech: Computing with Python
To help schools and headteachers to lower their recruitment costs and invest in their staff to reduce teacher churn, BCS has introduced Teaching Teachers Tech: Computing with Python.
By opening the subject knowledge enhancement course to anyone who wants to teach Python to a GCSE standard, schools can now expand the pool in which they can recruit specialist teachers from, bringing more qualified specialists into the market.
Whether you’re already teaching, are an aspiring teacher, or you’re a headteacher looking to invest in your staff, this flexible online course can be completed in as little as 8-weeks which makes it ideal for those already working in an educational setting.
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Delivering a course that meets the challenges schools and teachers face was imperative, which is why our course was designed by teachers, for teachers. Plus, our dedicated tutors are on hand for support around the clock and all of them continue to work in educational settings.
Carrie Preddy, Teaching Teachers Tech online tutor, commented:
“The Computing with Python course has been carefully designed to enable teachers not only to understand the programming concepts thoroughly, but also consider them from a pedagogical viewpoint.
“This will enable specialist and non-specialist teachers alike to deliver a high-quality Computing education to KS3 and KS4 students.
“The course has been designed by Computing teachers with a wealth of experience across the Key Stages and is something I wish had been available when I started as a Computing teacher.”