Maths and physics teachers to get £2K retention payments

Early careers teachers in these subjects will receive these payments in addition to existing bursaries, it was announced today. Tes reports.

Maths and physics teachers in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, as well as in Opportunity Areas around the country, will receive the grant during the first five years of their careers.

Eligible teachers will have their payments issued to them in the autumn terms of 2019 and 2020. They will receive a single payment in each year. 

The scheme is based on evidence from the Gatsby Foundation and the Education Policy Institute, which highlights the effectiveness of such retention payments.

Schools minister Nick Gibb said: “We want to make sure that we can continue to attract and keep the brightest and best graduates, particularly in subjects where specialist knowledge and expertise are vital to the future success of the economy.”

The pilot runs alongside government plans to offer retention-based payments to those teachers who stay in the profession, by staggering additional payments throughout the first years of their career.

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU teachers’ union, said that he was sure that maths and physics teachers would appreciate the extra pay.

“[Education secretary] Damian Hinds continues to fiddle at the edges, while the real causes are in plain sight. There are systemic issues of pay, workload and funding, which must be addressed both urgently and comprehensively, if we are to get anywhere close to resolving teacher shortages in a sustained way.”

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