400 master computer science teachers are being recruited to deliver a new computer science curriculum in schools across England.
The scheme, run by the British Computer Society, will be funded by the government.
The new computer science syllabus replaces the current information and communications technology curriculum, and will start this September.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said: "This new curriculum will be much shorter and less prescriptive than the old ICT curriculum and it will allow schools to innovate and be much, much more ambitious.
"ICT used to focus purely and narrowly on computer literacy, teaching pupils over and over again how to word-process, how to work a spreadsheet, how to use programs which are already - were already, I should say - creaking into obsolescence.
"Now our new curriculum teaches children computer science, information technology and digital literacy. It will teach them how to code, how to create their own programs, not just how to work the computer but how a computer works, how to make it work for you."
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