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Morgan Stanley and comparethemarket.com join BCS teacher training scheme

Kayleigh Bateman

Morgan Stanley and comparethemarket.com have joined the BCS computer teaching training scheme to support the creation of "master teachers".

Launched last year, the computing teacher training scholarship scheme is funded by the Department for Education DfE and managed by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. It is designed to support teachers preparing for the new computing curriculum due to start in September 2014.

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"Master teachers" will teach both in their own school and in collaboration with others. Each master teacher scholarship is worth £25,000 tax-free, which the scholar receives while enrolled on a teacher-training scheme.

The scheme is already backed by Microsoft, IBM, HP, BT, Google, Toshiba, Ocado and Metaswitch Networks.

Bill Mitchell, director of education at the Institute, said: “We are delighted to have Morgan Stanley and comparethemarket.com joining the other organisations we are working with. The employers help us with the selection process for awarding scholarships by conducting interviews on our behalf.

“They are a vital part of our scholarship scheme as it enables us to take advantage of their recruitment experience and expertise. We are very grateful to have such big names supporting us in this way.”

Simon Holden, managing director, technology and data division at Morgan Stanley said: “It is vital for the UK to remain at the forefront of excellence in computing and teachers can play a very important role in making that happen.”
 
James Lomas, head of IT at comparethemarket.com said: “The scholarships will help meet the growing need for computing teachers and ensure that students have a sound technology education. This will provide them with the skills they need for progression into further study and a professional career.”

At the beginning of the year the DfE awarded the BCS £1m to train primary school teachers ahead of the computing curriculum.

In partnership with the Computing at School (CAS), BCS launched its Barefoot Computing programme which aims to equip primary school teachers with the basics of teaching computing.


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