Exclusive: DfE cancels data on wasted teacher bursaries

TES is reporting that the Department for Education has opted not to release latest figures revealing the cost of bursaries awarded to teachers who did not go on to work in the state sector.

Tes’ analysis of the most recent statistics revealed that more than 11,000 teaching graduates who did not go on to work in state schools were awarded up to £123.6 million in tax-free bursaries over the course of seven years, between 2009-10 and 2015-16.

But it is impossible to know how much taxpayer’s money has been wasted on bursary payments since then, as the DfE has decided to alter the way it publishes the data.

The DfE said last year that it would not be publishing the dataset because “we do not currently have any experimental statistics to publish in this format”.

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