BCS has big plans for the future. Our vision is for every Secondary school to have outstanding Computing teachers. We want to ensure students have an intellectually rigorous, inspiring and excellent Computing education which equips them for progression into further education and a professional career.
The last few years have brought about many changes in the curriculum, with the move away from traditional ICT to a focus on establishing Computer Science as a foundation subject. This in turn has led to more incentives being made available for those who may be considering going into teaching.
Do you think you have - or someone you know has - the potential to become an effective leader, developing the professional competencies of others? A £27,500 tax-free BCS Scholarship payment is available. Perhaps you are simply a teacher who would like an extra teacher in your department for free? If the latter case is true, you'll need to be willing to support a trainee through a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) scheme.
What can BCS offer?
Since 2013, BCS has been in partnership with the Department of Education (DfE), offering a teaching scholarship aimed at creating the next generation of Computing teachers for our Secondary schools. To date, the scheme has proved a great success, with more than 1,000 applications over its four years. We have worked with over 130 schools, as well as with major employers including Microsoft, Google, IBM, Goldman Sachs, BT, HP, Metaswitch Networks, Toshiba, Ocado, Morgan Stanley, comparethemarket.com and Citrix.
|"Giving young people a solid grounding in Computing from an early age is a key part of our plan for education" Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education.|
Each Scholarship will be worth £27,500 (tax free), and we intend to award around 120 Scholarships this year. The funding is supplied by the Department for Education and is paid in instalments over your year of Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Your course will need to lead to your gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at Secondary school level. This scheme is intended for those that start a Computing ITT course in September or October of 2017.
We will also provide free your first year of Associate Membership of BCS (AMBCS). We will run dedicated workshops to support our Scholars, and we will broker informal mentoring as well as development opportunities with excellent schools, universities and major employers.
Want to hear more?
|"The introduction of Computer Science into the curriculum is an exciting prospect that will allow students to gain invaluable knowledge and skills for their futures" Gary Morrissey, BCS scholar. Read more|
Please refer to the following sections for further information:
How to apply - including our application schedule
Support for existing teachers
The Scholarship scheme is one of our activities designed to support the building of teaching capacilty in schools. In addition to encouraging new Computing teachers to the profession, we also recognise the need to provide support to existing teachers and to help them with the transition from the ICT curriculum to the new Computing curriculum. With our partners at Computing at School (CAS), we have created a Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. The Network will provide this support by brokering CPD activities between teachers and university Computing departments. The Network is supported by a range of partners such as the Department for Education (DfE), Microsoft, Google, the Council for Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC), OCR and AQA. Further detail about the Network of Excellence.
1Following the terminology in http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00200711/great-teachers-could-become-master-teachers