£20k bursary offer for STEM teachers

The BBC reports that people considering changing career to teach science, technology, engineering or maths are be offered the chance of a £20,000 bursary.

The Scottish government said it would fund 100 such bursaries for those taking up training places from August. The grants are part of measures to recruit more teachers in so-called STEM subjects in Scottish schools.

Up to 20 teacher training places are also being set aside for those who have lost jobs in the oil and gas sector. 

The 20 places will be available on the University of Aberdeen’s post graduate diploma course to local applicants as well as those from Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

Education Secretary John Swinney said: “These bursaries will make it easier for those considering a career change into teaching to take that step, bridging the gap in employment and making a move into teaching a real possibility for many more people.”

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Is this going to be the only way to employ more STEM teachers? What about the rest of the UK? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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