IT institute BCS and Computing at School (CAS) are seeking 250 schools to pilot its Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.
The initiative follows the government’s decision to scrap the GCSE IT curriculum from September 2012 in favour of a syllabus more geared to the needs of industry.
Bill Mitchell, director of BCS Academy of Computing, said: “Over the coming years we hope this network will eventually expand to a thousand schools teaching Computer Science at GCSE level. One of the great things about this initiative is the amount of enthusiasm it’s generated from global employers like Microsoft and Google as well as British companies like Metaswitch Networks.”
The Institute is sending an information pack to all 3,500 state maintained secondary schools in England detailing ways schools can develop computer science. Once the Network is live, each school in it will be expected to help other schools to teach computer science on a pro-bono basis.
The BCS hopes to extend the scheme to another two to three hundred schools in the second year.