The TES is reporting that teacher trainees can get up to £30,000 during a one-year course, but the DfE needs to make sure it is worth it.
The public spending watchdog has renewed its criticism of the government for spending £1 billion on bursaries for teacher training without knowing whether they are effective.
Mark Parrett, audit manager at the National Audit Office, told MPs on the Commons education committee this morning that while there was some evidence that the money being spent on bursaries attracted graduates into teacher training, no evaluation has been made of whether those trainees went into teaching jobs, or how well they performed as teachers.
He said: “The department have a general understanding of the impact of bursaries but it needs to do a lot more. By the end of 2016-17, they will have spent almost £1bn on bursaries, so we would expect a greater degree of evaluation around whether that is working.”
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