Ease recruitment crisis by writing off teachers’ student loans, say heads

The TES is reporting that heads have suggested the schools’ recruitment crisis could be eased by writing off student tuition fee loans for teachers if they stay in the classroom for 10 years.

The move would help to attract young people to the profession, according to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

Under university reforms introduced in 2012, students now get a government-backed loan to cover tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year. Graduates begin paying the money back once they are earning at least £21,000 a year.

ASCL’s interim general secretary, Malcolm Trobe, suggested that freezing repayments, or writing loans off after a set period, would be an incentive for university-leavers to join teaching, instead of other professions that offer higher starting salaries…

“If you work it out, on that money over £21,000 you’re paying your national insurance, pension contributions, which have gone up, tax and then there’s another nine percent for loans on top. That’s a big, big chunk of your money…”

Figures published by the National Audit Office show that of teachers who qualified over a 10-year period, 12 per cent left the state sector within one year of joining, while 28 per cent left within five years…

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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this suggestion, but it does sound one of the more sensible ones doesn’t it?

The government would be helping solve the teacher shortage by rewarding those who dedicate a substantial part of their careers to using the degree they have paid for in the state sector. 

Perhaps there needs to be an additional degree of flexibility for those benefitting to agree to work in schools and areas in most need?

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  1. HopeStreetBlues

    SchoolsImprove the only solution is to improve retention of high-quality, experienced teachers and heads have a role to play in that

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Another “crisis solution” that ignores retention; at some point the penny will drop surely.

  3. LeoToAquarius

    SchoolsImprove Good luck with that, most NQT’s would rather pay loans & and go to a job with less unfair unaccoutability &better workload

  4. mapleleaf2009

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I believe hope is never futile – only a lack of trying is futile. Teachers must always hope for improvement

  5. andylutwyche

    mapleleaf2009 SchoolsImprove Optimism isn’t a strong suit of mine regarding decisions by politicians

  6. Keith_Turvey

    LeoToAquarius SchoolsImprove Better workload yes. Repay loans? Have you spoken to NQTs trying to find somewhere decent to live?

  7. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove Yep they said teaching was not for them as it was minimum wage – better to do a few years for CV then get out

  8. Keith_Turvey

    LeoToAquarius SchoolsImprove Puzzled? Just happened to catch the train with some NQTs from Brighton this am struggling to find rent 1/2

  9. Keith_Turvey

    LeoToAquarius SchoolsImprove So your tweet came across as totally out of touch with NQTs and misleading in that respect. 2/2

  10. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove Rubbish – Look at retention figures are leaving in droves, sticking around for 2 yrs then off -International

  11. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove If go abroad they don’t repay their loans and fall out of the system after a few years i.e they’re written off

  12. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove I know of about 10+ in last 5 years in various schools have gone to mid-east,they never intend to repay loans

  13. Keith_Turvey

    LeoToAquarius SchoolsImprove Yes because financially much better off leaving. Did it myself _ 5 years abroad as couldn’t afford to stay

  14. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove It’s a no-brainer why stay in a society that has destroyed pensions, housing and is charging for education

  15. Keith_Turvey

    LeoToAquarius SchoolsImprove I agree. These are the people we should be encouraging to stay. We get what we deserve.

  16. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove True – but they don’t intend to return just visit – by the time they do return the system will have lost them

  17. Keith_Turvey

    LeoToAquarius SchoolsImprove And we live in a global market which ironically the Tories don’t seem to understand. Or maybe they do?

  18. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove Tried to get brother to train last few yrs as is Physicist from Imperial College, refused now says told you so

  19. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove I think above tweet I refer to need for 750,000 English trained teachers in international schls in next 10yrs

  20. Keith_Turvey

    LeoToAquarius SchoolsImprove Sure our HE one of best in world….a huge pool of knowledgable graduate but……

  21. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove I have BSc Hons Chemistry, PdDip Merit Software Engineering & MA Education – Diss in Afl intend to do MScMaths

  22. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove & either find another school like mine is also reasonable or leave teaching and/or go abroad – with MSc Maths

  23. Keith_Turvey

    LeoToAquarius SchoolsImprove That’s all great….you are a lifelong learning role model and our schools should be full of such people but.

  24. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove Missed my point I’ve transferrable qualifications but issues not specific to 1 subject they are systemic=crash

  25. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove Missed my point I’ve transferable qualifications but issues not specific to 1 subject they are systemic=crash

  26. Keith_Turvey

    LeoToAquarius SchoolsImprove JGBartholomew Yes I get that too but there’s no evidence it works, will work.

  27. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove There’s no way out as elite in power see privatisation in book by JGBartholomew to force students to work

  28. Keith_Turvey

    LeoToAquarius SchoolsImprove JGBartholomew Ideology doesn’t hold the answers to education crisis on either side of the debate.

  29. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove JGBartholomew I think there is only 1 side to the debate – the right one 😛

  30. Keith_Turvey

    LeoToAquarius SchoolsImprove JGBartholomew Yes I worked in Nepal/India for 2 + years in ed on ground and would refute this as bollocks.

  31. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove JGBartholomew I’d agree it not as rosy as it seems but market fundamentalism never let a crash get in its way

  32. LeoToAquarius

    Keith_Turvey SchoolsImprove JGBartholomew Agree it’s not as rosy as it seems but market fundamentalism never let crashes get in its way

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