Justine Greening reveals locations chosen for student loan reimbursement pilots

The Tes reports that the education secretary announces further details of a scheme aimed at attracting new teachers to targeted areas/ Twenty-five areas across England, including Bradford, Derby and Salford, have been selected to run a pilot programme to reimburse student loan repayments for modern foreign languages and science teachers in the early years of their careers.

The announcement was made by education secretary Justine Greening in a speech to delegates at a Teach First conference in London earlier today.

The local authorities covered by the pilot are:

  • Barnsley
  • Blackpool
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Bradford
  • Cambridgeshire 
  • Derby
  • Derbyshire
  • Doncaster
  • Halton
  • Knowsley
  • Luton
  • Middlesbrough
  • Norfolk
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Northumberland
  • Oldham
  • Peterborough
  • Portsmouth
  • Salford
  • Sefton
  • St Helens
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Suffolk

Around 800 modern foreign language and 1,700 science teachers a year will be eligible for the scheme.

The new student loan repayments pilot and the increased student loan repayment threshold of £25,000 will mean £720 “cash in pocket” (the equivalent of an approximate £1,000 increase in salary) for a teacher on £29,000 a year, according to the Department for Education.

Speaking at Teach First’s Impact Conference this afternoon, Ms Greening said: “I want to make sure that everyone has the same opportunity to achieve their ambitions, regardless of where they are growing up or their background.”

The education secretary also announced two new projects that will receive a share of the £75 million Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund.

Anvil Education Ltd will deliver an extensive whole school Behaviour Improvement Programme with well-known behavioural expert Tom Bennett.

In the second project, EdisonLearning will run an “NAHT Aspire” programme, billed as “an intensive one-year development programme including foundational and conceptual learning strategies through to the leadership of learning and teaching in schools, enabling everyone in the school community to participate”.

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