Facebook boost for computer science

New computer science courses for schools will be designed with help from top technology firms like Facebook, Microsoft and IBM

New computer science courses for schools will be designed with help from top technology firms like Facebook, Microsoft and IBM

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Ministers are turning to Facebook in a bid to improve computer science lessons in schools.

Education Secretary Michael Gove is set to announce that current information and communications technology (ICT) teacher training courses will be axed from next year.

Instead, new computer science courses, designed with help from top technology firms like social networking site Facebook, Microsoft and IBM, will be introduced.

The Government said the move is part of an attempt to improve the quality of computer science teaching in England's schools.

The new courses, which will start from next autumn, will take on boards not just views from big industry names, but also experts such as the Chartered Institute for IT and the British Computer Society, the Department for Education (DfE) said.

Existing ICT teachers will also be trained as experts in computer science. The ICT curriculum has been scrapped to allow schools to decide what to teach in the subject.

Announcing the move in January, Mr Gove said that ICT in England's schools was a "mess" and must be radically revamped to prepare pupils for the future.

Teachers and industry leaders had described the curriculum as "off-putting, demotivating and dull", he warned.

In a speech, Mr Gove said: "In short, just at the time when technology is bursting with potential, teachers, professionals, employers, universities, parents and pupils are all telling us the same thing. ICT in schools is a mess."

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