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The way computing is taught in schools is changing, and there are lots of incentives for brilliant trainee teachers to become a part of that. The new computing curriculum is a blend of traditional ICT and computer science – and if you’ve got the passion and skills to inspire young people in the subject, you could be eligible for a generous tax-free training bursary. With a top degree, you could even be awarded a scholarship. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train on School Direct (salaried) or with Teach First. 

Computing is playing a more important role in the education of young people than ever before, with children in schools now learning about programming and information technology from the age of five.

And if you’ve got a degree with strong elements of computer science, or strong professional experience in the subject, then now is a great time to teach computing at secondary level.

As part of the new curriculum, you’ll get to use your knowledge and creativity to:

  • help young people develop the skills they need to succeed in the everyday world, or even excel in thriving UK creative industries such as games design and visual effects
  • show pupils not only how to interact with software and hardware, but teach them the skills to shape the innovations of tomorrow
  • teach students how to use technologies and digital media responsibly and creatively

In return, you’ll get a competitive starting salary and excellent opportunities for rapid career progression – knowing that the importance of the subject in UK industry and society will only continue to grow.

Subject knowledge enhancement courses and financial support

Don’t worry if you feel like you’ll need to brush up on your knowledge to teach computing. If the school(s) or university leading your training think you have the right skills to teach the subject but could do with refreshing your know-how, they might ask you to complete a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course to get you ready for your teacher training.

These courses are fully funded, and you could be eligible for a bursary of up to £7,200 to support you during your SKE course, should you need to take one. Your training provider will discuss this with you. Find out more.

Plus, even if your degree isn’t in computing or computer science, you may still qualify for a top-end bursary – it’s always worth enquiring with your chosen training provider about this. Find out more about funding for training to teach computing

Get up to

£25k

to train as a computing teacher in 2016/17

Earn up to

£65k*

as a great teacher

*Conditions apply

Computing trainee Carla talks about why she changed careers and what she loves about her School Direct teacher training course. Transcript (PDF, 25KB)

Students are amazing to work with, they’re funny and inquisitive – they challenge you to spark their interest in your subject.

Gavin McIntyre, assistant headteacher and ICT learning coordinator

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