Technology teaching in schools gets £5.6m boost


Technology teaching in schools gets £5.6m boost

Rebecca Thomson

The government is investing £5.6m to improve the way technology is taught in schools in England.

The programme will be delivered by the IT sector skills council E-skills UK and the Open University, and aims to bring technology more effectively into the classroom.

The money will help teachers improve their technology skills, stay up to date with the latest developments and "meet the needs of an increasingly technology-savvy generation of young people".

Karen Price, CEO at E-skills UK, said teachers are facing ever-growing demands on their skills and knowledge as use of technology in a wide range of professions grows.

The initiative, which will be funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, follows an Ofsted recommendation to transform the approach to IT in education.

Teachers will be able to use distance learning materials, or attend events hosted by employers. E-skills UK says the training will be "supported by a dynamic online community".

Price said, "We live in a technology-enabled world. To prepare young people for a successful future we need to transform the way in which technology is taught and used in education."

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