Annal Nayyar reports-Up to £20 million will be made available to encourage the brightest and the best to teach maths in further education.

Up to £20 million will be made available to encourage the brightest and the best to teach maths in further education colleges, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock announced today (5 February 2014).

 

The government has made maths an essential part of traineeships, apprenticeships and vocational education and in support of this will incentivise talented graduates to consider teaching in further education.

 

This raft of new funding will be available to support graduates who relish the idea of teaching in the further education sector and the institutions which recruit them. The funding will be channelled in 3 ways:

•a golden hello; a bonus of £7,500 for graduates teaching maths in further education paid in the second year of teaching. This will rise to £10,000 if they train to support learners with special educational needs

•a Recruitment Incentive scheme; a bonus payment of £20,000 to colleges and training providers who recruit a specialist graduate maths teacher or £30,000 for those who will be sharing their teaching expertise with nearby institutions

•a Subject Knowledge Enhancement scheme; to enable highly qualified graduates who have the skills and aptitude to teach but need to develop some specific maths skills before they start teacher training

 

It is expected that these measures will result in the recruitment of over 500 specialist maths teachers by September 2015

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