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Recruitment of top science graduates for schools welcomed by MP

October 23, 2012 11:01 AM

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has welcomed a government initiative to encourage top science graduates to take up teaching posts in the country's schools.

The graduates will be offered £20,000 scholarships to train as computer science teachers.

Tough new requirements are being introduced for the subject knowledge and attributes of the new recruits who will be part of a project to train around 500 computer science teachers through a Network of Computer Science Teaching Excellence.

Julian said: "This is an excellent initiative to improve science teaching in our schools. It should bring huge benefits not only furthering youngsters' understanding of the world around them but encouraging them to take the subject further.

"By encouraging top graduates to consider teaching as a career, we are building secure foundations for the future which will help to produce highly skilled scientists to take forward this country's research and development capabilities.

"Science is so important to our country's economy and yet many youngsters have failed to be inspired resulting in them dropping the subject after GCSE."