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Bursaries and fees

We offer bursaries to state-funded schools and colleges across England to support development in computing education.

These bursaries can be used by your school or college to cover costs associated with CPD, including travel and supply cover, or to implement guidance from a Subject Matter Expert to improve your computing offer.


Primary teachers – Key Stages 1 and 2

We offer free online courses and bursary-supported face-to-face courses for primary teachers working in state-funded schools in England.

One teacher from each school is eligible for a bursary to fund one course per academic year. There is no upfront cost; the course fee is covered by the bursary and will be deducted from the funding your school will receive on completion of the course.

Bursary details:
Course fee £35 per day
Bursary £220 per day
Your school will receive £185 per day

Subsequent teachers from the same school will pay £35 a day. The fee for teachers working in independent schools is £220 a day.


Secondary teachers – GCSE level

The Computer Science Accelerator Programme offers free online courses to all teachers and free face-to-face courses for teachers working in state-funded education.

Teachers working in state-funded education are eligible for bursaries up to £1,500, paid to your school, allocated as shown in the table below.

Teacher progress Your school will receive:
Attend 1st two-day face-to-face course £440
Attend 2nd two-day face-to-face course £440
Complete the programme including two online courses and sitting final test £620
Total bursary £1,500

Receive additional funding

Teachers who complete their first course by 29 February 2020 will receive an additional £300 funding on completion of the programme. This will be paid to the school or college and should be used in classroom practice.

Find out more about eligibility

Teachers in independent schools can access any of our online courses for free. A fee of £220 per day is payable for face-to-face courses.


Secondary teachers – Key stage 3 and 4 pedagogy

We offer free online courses and low cost face-to-face courses in Key Stage 3 and 4 computing pedagogy.

Course fees:
State-funded schools £35 per day
Independent schools £220 per day

Teachers who have completed the Computer Science Accelerator Programme are eligible to attend all Key Stage 3 and 4 face-to-face CPD for free. Details will be sent to teachers on successful completion of the programme.


Additional funding criteria: GCSE level

An additional £300 bursary is currently available to teachers in state-funded education who complete their first course by 29 February 2020. This will be paid to the school or college and can be used for any of the following:

  • purchasing resources
  • CPD (face-to-face and online)
  • funding towards Chartered status
  • kit for an after-school club
  • supporting events and networking with local schools (with support of CAS or Computing Hubs)
  • student trips – must be computer science-related

Subject Matter Expert consultancy and funding

We offer fully-funded consultancy from a network of Subject Matter Experts, to support eligible primary schools and secondary schools and colleges to improve their computing offer. Bursary funding is also available to schools and colleges that meet the criteria; payable to the school or college upon implementation of all actions in an agreed plan.

School or college eligibility Not currently offering GCSE computer science Considering dropping GCSE computer science (criteria below) Has started teaching GCSE computer science in the last 2 years Primary or secondary school located in Local Area Districts 5 or 6
Free consultancy and guidance 2.5 days 1 day 1 day 0.5 days
£1400 bursary Yes Yes n/a n/a

The £1400 bursary is in addition to any funding we offer schools and colleges to support participation in Teach Computing CPD.

Which schools/colleges are considered at risk of dropping computer science?

Schools and colleges in which senior leaders are considering not offering GCSE computer science the following academic year, due to one or more of the following criteria:

  • results have been consistently below expectations (either when compared nationally or compared to other subjects in the school)
  • subject knowledge, pedagogy or confidence in teaching computer science is not strong as identified by Ofsted or internal/external monitoring
  • change in staffing has reduced the capacity to deliver computer science
  • student demand for computer science is low