Student loans ‘putting off’ trainee teachers

The TES is reporting research suggesting that graduates are being “put off” training for a career in the classroom by the cost of postgraduate loans, even though most teachers will not have to pay them back…

The majority of teachers come into the profession as postgraduates, but the loans to pay for initial teacher training (ITT) are acting as a deterrent, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

But the average teacher with a typical career progression will not have to pay back their loan before it is written off. This is because they will not have repaid their undergraduate loans before they expire after 30 years, the research says.

The report, published today, raises questions over the government’s decision to fund initial teacher training using student loans…

Chris Belfield, research economist at IFS and co-author of the report, added: “Remarkably under the new student loan system the government receives no repayment of the loan provided for a postgraduate ITT course from a typical teacher.

“That fact may not be appreciated by those considering a career in teaching who may be put off by an apparent cost they will in fact be unlikely to bear”…

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It seems somewhat odd that a fee structure is in place that would appear to be discouraging people from training when there is apparently little chance of teachers having to pay the loans off.

Wouldn’t it be more sensible just to make these courses free to all who more the requirements and get accepted for places? Effectively no cost for the government and potentially a considerable incentive to encourage more new teachers? Or am I missing something?

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove More consequences of policies that weren’t even considered when MPs forced through the legislation. Happens too often

  2. dtaliku

    the fees are certainly off-putting.  As a slightly older prospective new teacher, to give up a full-time job to train to teach and take on a student loan is rather daunting. 
    To make the fees free would encourage people like myself to move into teaching, especially when there is a teaching shortage.  However, as someone who works for a university, the universities need the fees, although I think £9000 is extortionate.

  3. dtaliku

    the fees are certainly off-putting.  As a slightly older prospective new teacher, to give up a full-time job to train to teach and take on a student loan is rather daunting. 
    To make the fees free would encourage people like myself to move into teaching, especially when there is a teaching shortage.  However, as someone who works for a university, the universities need the fees, although I think £9000 is extortionate.

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