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'Techno-phobe' teachers sit class
It is hoped teachers' new knowledge will help children learn
Technology-phobic teachers are being sent on special courses to learn how to teach children the full benefits of the computer age.

Ten thousand places will be available on the training scheme over the next three years, and it is hoped the new knowledge will improve pupils' education in information and communication technology (ICT).

Brenda Bigland, headteacher at Lent Rise Primary School in Slough, Berkshire took part in the pilot scheme.

She said she was now able to, "take the future to 420 children.

Of all the staff in a school, the headteacher is often among those with the least formal training in ICT
Heather du Quesnay, National College for School Leadership

"The course inspired me to make a whole raft of changes," she said.

"I've had our ICT suite redesigned, we now have a new early years suite to encourage confidence from an early age and we now have internet access in every class for research purposes."

The government has invested billions of pounds into computers for schools and wants all of them to have high-speed internet access as soon as possible.

Heather du Quesnay, chief executive of the National College for School Leadership, which is running the course at Nottingham University said: "ICT is playing a bigger and bigger part in the work schools do.

"Yet if it is to be used really effectively to produce the best possible learning experiences for children, then it is vital headteachers understand its potential and harness it for the benefit of their schools.

"Of all the staff in a school, the headteacher is often among those with the least formal training in ICT, yet they are the ones who need the strategic vision to lead their schools into an ICT-rich future."

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