Facebook to Help Overhaul ICT Curriculum

Telegraph.co.uk (10/19/12) Andrew Marszal

Leading technology companies such as Facebook are helping design a new computer science training course for school teachers, according to United Kingdom Education Secretary Michael Gove.  The plan is to replace current information and communications technology teacher-training courses with new industry-supported computer science courses.  "If we want our country to produce the next Sir Tim Berners-Lee--creator of the Internet--we need the very best computer science teachers in our classrooms," Gove says.  The new computer science GCSE course would become part of the English Baccalaureate qualification, according to Gove.  "If new computer science GCSEs are developed that meet high standards of intellectual depth and practical value, we will certainly consider including computer science as an option in the English Baccalaureate," Gove adds.  In addition, a new 20,000-pound Sterling scholarship will be awarded to 50 top graduates to train as computer science teachers.  The scholarship program "is a positive step to help get high-quality computer science teachers in schools, and therefore ensure more young people gain the right skills to join and lead our digital industries," says Facebook's Simon Milner.


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