Teaching Scholarships

Our vision is for every secondary school to have outstanding Computer Science teachers. We want to ensure students have an intellectually rigorous, inspiring and excellent Computer Science education that equips them for progression into further education and a professional career.

Developing Teaching Excellence in Computer Science

To support these aims BCS, with CAS, have partnered with the Teaching Agency to launch a new teaching scholarship aimed at creating the next generation of Computer Science teachers.

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

Each scholarship will be worth £20,000 (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).

We will award around 50 scholarships per year and we will broker mentoring and development opportunities with excellent schools, universities and major employers.

The scheme is backed by major employers including Microsoft, IBM, BT, Facebook, Meta Switch Networks and Ocado.

The application window opens in mid-late January 2013

Register your interest

Register your interest with the BCS Academy to receive further updates once they are available. We will notify you when the application process becomes available. Send an email to:

Please include the following information in your email. Please note: we may be required to share this information with the Teaching Agency. Sending us an email containing this information constitutes your authorisation for us to do so.

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Contact telephone number
  • Brief details of educational background (subject, classification, awarding institution)
  • Brief details of computing industry experience

All expressions of interest will receive an acknowledgement email and we will be in touch with further information about the application process shortly.

Support for existing teachers

The scholarship scheme is one of our activities designed to support capacity building in schools. In addition to encouraging new Computer Science teachers to the profession we also recognise the need to provide support to existing teachers and to help them with the transition from ICT to Computer Science. 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.


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