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…
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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