Budget 2017: BCS welcomes Chancellor’s plans to put a GCSE computer science teacher into every school

22 November 2017

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has welcomed the Government’s plans for investment in computer science education which were announced in today’s Autumn Budget 2017.

Education response

Bill Mitchell, Director of Education said: “We welcome the fact that the Chancellor has recognised the need for further significant investment in our children’s education. Tripling the number of trained computer science teachers to 12,000 should see a fully qualified GCSE computer science teacher in every secondary school, which means that every child, in every school will at last have access to this important subject.

“Not only would this both meet the needs at GCSE, but importantly, it will help ensure that the non-specialist teachers who will be called upon to teach non-examination classes, have access to support from a teacher in their school with the necessary subject knowledge

“We also welcome the retraining partnership between the TUC, CBI and the Government, which will invest £30 million fund in AI digital skills courses, and which will enable people to benefit from this emerging technology as they train for digital tech jobs in the tech sector.”

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