Teaching scholarships

Apply for a BCS Teaching scholarship

by Academy Admin
Applications for our scholarships are now open. Apply here

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 that equips them for progression into further education and a professional career.

Developing Teaching Excellence in Computing

To support these aims we have partnered with the Department for Education to launch a new teaching scholarship aimed at creating the next generation of Computing teachers for our secondary schools.

"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

The scholarship scheme is intended to be part of a range of activities that nurture future Computing Master Teachers1 who will lead innovation both within their own school and in collaboration with other schools.

Scholarship benefits

Each scholarship will be worth £25,000 (tax-free) with the funding supplied by the Department for Education, paid in instalments over the year whilst engaged in an initial teacher training (ITT) course leading to initial qualified teacher status (QTS) at secondary level. This scheme is for those that start their initial teacher training course in Sept/Oct 2016.

We will also provide Associate membership of BCS (AMBCS) free for the first year and run dedicated workshops to support our scholars.

"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

We will award around 120 scholarships this year and we will broker informal mentoring and development opportunities with excellent schools, universities and major employers. Hear more from our scholars.

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The scheme is backed by major employers including Microsoft, Google, IBM, Goldman Sachs, BT, HP, Metaswitch Networks, Toshiba, Ocado, Morgan Stanley, comparethemarket.com and Citrix.

Please refer to the following sections for further information:


The application and selection process

Frequently asked questions

How to apply - including our application schedule

Pre-application checklist

Applications for our scholarships are now open. Apply here

Support for existing teachers

The scholarship scheme is one of our activities designed to support capacity building 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.Support for existing teachers

1Following the terminology in http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00200711/great-teachers-could-become-master-teachers