What do you need to know to be a Computer Science Teacher?
Buried in yesterday’s announcement from the DfE was this:
“A new bursary for computer science has been introduced as top universities and schools will be invited to run new computer science teacher training courses from 2013/14. Funding for the current information and communications technology (ICT) courses will end at the same time to reflect the disapplication of ICT curriculum.”
So, no new trainee ICT teachers. Instead computer science trainee teachers. If that’s the case, what skills and knowledge will these new CS trainees need? Here’s what training institutions and training schools will be looking for. Some of it looks pretty challenging with, probably, the requirement that trainees will be able to “code competently in at least two languages” – even new CS graduates may have subject knowledge gaps. And is this the benchmark for existing ICT teachers?