The TES is reporting that the DfE’s own figures suggest their bursaries (worth up to £30,000) are having a limited impact on teacher shortages.
…Despite a near tripling in the value of bursaries, there has been a 16 per cent drop in the number science trainees on courses eligible for the money – and a 15 per cent drop in equivalent maths trainees.
In 2011-12 there were 2,232 maths trainees and 2,732 science trainees. But by 2015-16 these annual figures had fallen to 1,888 and 2,289 respectively.
Teaching recruitment expert Professor John Howson said: “That doesn’t surprise me. The problem is, if you’re a good mathematician or physicist, the world is your oyster and you can get a starting salary over £30,000 within a year after university.”
The TES analysis has also revealed that the regional differences in recruitment for teacher training – which the National Audit Office has warned that the DfE has no systemic knowledge of – have widened over the last two years.
A DfE spokesperson said: “It is disingenuous to suggest that our approach is not working – despite the challenge of a competitive jobs market, the proportion of trainee teachers with a top degree has grown, faster than in the population as a whole, and there are more teachers overall…”
See more in the 19 February edition of TES.
Worrying but probably not a great surprise as a stronger economy is creating lots of viable alternatives to teaching for these very graduates.
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