Call to look at £30,000 bursaries to beat science teacher shortages

The Herald is reporting that top academics have called for ministers to look into giving bursaries of up to £30,000 to encourage science graduates into teaching.

 

The Royal Society of Edinburgh made the suggestion after concern over shortages of teachers in key subjects such as physics, chemistry and mathematics (Stem).

In England the government is offering lucrative bursaries to attract top science graduates into teaching and the Royal Society warned Scotland could even face a brain drain of talented teachers unless it replicates the scheme.

A submission to a Scottish Government strategy on the future of science education from the Royal Society states: “We recognise bursaries of up to £30,000 have been used in England and Wales in order to attract Stem graduates in to teaching in shortage subjects including physics, chemistry and computing.

“We would encourage the Scottish Government to monitor the output from the evaluation process with a view to informing Stem teacher recruitment and retention policy in Scotland.”

Last year, the Scottish Government announced students on Stem teacher training courses could be fast-tracked to help deal with shortages.

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