According to the Sunday Times, schools are offering maths and science teachers “golden hellos” of up to £20,000 and six-figure salaries to lure graduates away from jobs in the City.
The shortage of science teachers is reaching crisis levels, forcing some schools to offer lucrative enhancements. The six-figure salaries are for departmental heads in maths and science.
Head teachers are also looking abroad for graduates. Countries such as Poland and Russia have a better track record in maths and science teaching than the UK.
John Howson, a teacher recruitment expert, said a survey of job advertisements revealed the high salary packages on offer, many of which included “recruitment points”, the technical term for a golden hello.
Hundreds of schools are desperately trying to fill empty posts for the autumn. Howson said: “Schools that want really high calibre candidates are prepared to push the boat out and pay more. It is a race to the top and it is worrying.”
Alison Wolf, a professor at King’s College London, who is setting up one of a chain of specialist maths schools to train mathematicians for the future, agreed.
“In most of the schools I know it’s not a question of paying a premium to attract these teachers — schools just cannot find them. Golden hellos do make some difference but they are not solving the problem. The reality is that there is an acute shortage of qualified graduates,” she said…
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