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Teachers: Recruitment

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government are taking in relation to subject areas where there are teacher shortages; and if he will make a statement. (153946)

The Government are committed to improving the supply of well-qualified teachers of shortage subjects and for the past few years has made financial incentives available to encourage people to train as teachers of shortage subjects. In mathematics and science we offer a training bursary of £9,000 to students taking a postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE) and, after successful completion of induction, a golden hello of £5,000. In other shortage subjects including modern languages, technology, music and religious education we offer PGCE students a bursary of £9,000 and a golden hello of £2,500.

We fund the Training and Development Agency for Schools to advertise for recruitment to particular shortage subjects, to provide help and advice telephone lines to potential teacher trainees, and to run pre-training enhancement courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry to enable people without a degree in the subject, but with post-A-level knowledge, to retrain as specialist teachers in these subjects. We have extended postgraduate teacher training courses to enable providers to offer significant chemistry, physics and mathematics subject knowledge training. The expansion of Teach First also gives high class graduates the opportunity to teach shortage subjects in challenging schools.