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Computer Science GCSE to Launch in 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that from 2016 a computer science GCSE will launch in secondary schools across England.

The curriculum - which commenced in September 2014 - is focused on coding and the qualification will cover designing computer programs, the ethical and legal impacts of digital technology and writing code.

The prime minister also made the announcement that a National College for Digital Skills will be launched. The college looks set to be a joint project between the government and education providers.

The college will open in London initially, before moving to other areas, and aims to teach 5,000 students in the next five years - offering a range of apprenticeships and qualifications.

17,500 maths and science teachers will receive new training over the next five years, in a bid to raise standards in schools. The training scheme will cost around £67m and will include a bursary offered to school leavers to help them become a teacher if they graduate with a maths or physics degree.

The Department for Education has estimated around 500 specialist maths and physics teachers will be retrained every year in the next parliament.

As part of his announcement David Cameron added mathematicians and scientists are vital if children are to compete for the best jobs.

He said: "We commit to delivering more maths and science teachers. This is all part of our long-term economic plan for Britain - making sure our children have the skills they need to thrive and get on. And by sticking to it, we will lift our children's horizons and pull our country up in the world."

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