Bursaries and Incentives on Offer to Attract Trainee Teachers

Posted on 27th March 2018

A recent article in the Guardian stated that “Schools are in crisis. With plummeting teacher training applications and difficulties in recruiting enough staff to fill vacancies, tuition fees, unacceptable workloads and budget cuts have all been blamed for the current shortage".

However, there is light on the horizon!

It is actually a great time to join the profession, with the Government and a range of innovative organisations finding ways to make teacher training much more appealing. As its most basic level, all teacher training courses include time spent training in at least two schools and lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). But there are also a variety of training routes available, to meet the needs and desires of prospective teachers, whatever their personal circumstances.

For example, the Government is particularly keen to attract the best and the brightest graduates into the profession. Currently, the Department for Education (DFE) is offering tax-free bursaries and scholarships of up to £28,000. This is to fund school-led or university-led training resulting in a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PCGE) in numerous essential subjects.

In addition, the government recently announced a new bursary of £40,000 for ex-service personnel to retrain as a teacher. Universities across the country will offer this incentive to veterans from September.

At the same time, teaching schools are a great option for some. Teaching schools are high-achieving schools led by strong leaders that work with others to provide excellent training, development and support to new and experienced school staff. Teaching schools now provide school-centred initial teacher training which involves on-the-job training coupled with lectured and tutorials and is often completed within a year.

Alternatively, Teach First (an education charity) ensures that top graduates are paid a salary from the start. This route involves a two-year position, with initial intensive training followed by progression straight into the classroom. Successful trainees gain a valuable Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE).

Furthermore, if a high-quality student is already working towards a maths or physics degree, but has an interest in teaching, Future Teaching Scholars gives them additional education-based training and a £15,000 grant.

Finally, for those who have already had a successful career, but now yearn to take on a new challenge, Now Teach is a programme designed specifically for senior professionals in the South with a desire to change career.

The West Midlands School Leaders Conference will take place on Friday 18 th May at the Chateau Impney. System leaders and teaching school representatives from across the region will gather at our vital leadership learning event. As in previous years, this will be an excellent chance to brainstorm the burning issues in schools today and also to meet and network with other inspirational leaders. This year, there will also be opportunities to be educated, inspired and motivated in our immersive workshops.

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