Take the next step in your career
Computer Science Accelerator offers high quality professional development that allows any teacher, no matter their background or experience, to confidently lead or teach KS3 to GCSE computer science.
The programme is flexible and is delivered through a combination of face-to-face, live remote and online courses.
It is designed to meet an area of rapidly growing need in schools, with Department for Education-funded bursaries available to train the next generation of computer science teachers.
Who can benefit from Computer Science Accelerator?
Over 1,000 teachers from a range of backgrounds have passed through the programme:
- Computing leads looking to brush up their skills and confidence, and improve attainment
- Teachers with computing as a second subject
- Teachers with no prior experience of computing looking for a career change, personal development and a fresh challenge
- Trainee teachers wanting to enhance their skill-set and stand out in their job search
Music teacher Helen made the transition to Head of Computer Science, with support from the Computer Science Accelerator.
"I had been teaching music since 2005, but I made the step over to teach ICT and computer science a couple of years ago... Now, having worked my socks off, I have passed the final test and will be graduating at Google. Not bad for a music teacher!"
- Helen Brant
How do I achieve certification, and how long will it take me?
Designed to be flexible to the needs of each participant, there are a range of different pathways with time commitments based on prior experience. They range from an introduction to basic computer systems, all the way through to developing advanced skills.
Each pathway will recommend a combination of online, live remote and face-to-face courses appropriate to your starting point.
“There is a community of people on the course, all starting from different levels, and talking in the forums.”
- Helen Brant
Who funds this training?
We have made it easier for teachers to access professional development by providing bursary funding to support participation. If you’re a teacher working in state-funded secondary education, you are eligible for a bursary of up to £1800, paid to your school or college upon completion of the programme.
What’s my next step?
We are here to help you every step of the way, with subject experts and local community hubs to support you in your journey.