Schools around the UK are to be given 15,000 free microcomputers, with a view to creating a new generation of computer scientists.

Funded by Google, the Raspberry Pi Foundation hopes the free devices will inspire children to take up coding. There are concerns current information and communications technology (ICT) teaching is inadequate preparation for the future jobs in technology.

To help ensure teachers and children get the best out of the devices, Google and Raspberry Pi are working with six educational partners, including Code Club, Computing at School, Generating Genius and Coderdojo. They will distribute the devices to schools around the UK.

Google is also sponsoring ICT teacher training via a scheme in conjunction with the Teach First charity.

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