The Department for Education (DfE) has published the financial incentives for recruitment to ITT courses for 2019/20. While we welcome investment to support teacher recruitment, we are continuing to press the government for more a fundamental reform to the accountability system, pay and workload, which are key aspects of the recruitment and retention crisis in schools.
The department will continue to offer a £26,000 tax-free bursary for all trainees with a 2:2 or higher in the highest priority subjects: chemistry, biology, classics, computing, geography, languages and physics.
For maths trainees, the DfE is continuing to offer a £20,000 tax-free bursary, followed by two early-career payments of £5,000 each after tax (or £7,500 after tax if teaching in local authority areas of greatest need) in their third and fifth year of teaching.
Scholarship schemes will continue to be offered in six subjects: chemistry, computing, geography, languages, maths and physics. Successful scholars will receive £28,000 tax-free in all subjects except maths, where scholars will receive £22,000 tax-free and the same additional early-career payments as those trainees who received a bursary.
The department is offering an increased £12,000 tax-free bursary for history trainees with a 2:2 or higher.
For D&T trainees with a 2:2 or higher, the bursary will be £12,000 tax-free. For RE and music trainees with a 2:2 or higher, the bursary will be £9,000 tax-free.
The postgraduate teaching apprenticeship grant funding has been increased by £2,000 per trainee for 2019/20.
Further information can be found at Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2019/20
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First published 08 October 2018