A well-worn path? Teacher training bursaries get £196m boost for 2024/25

A “well-worn path which has failed to deliver” – school leaders are cynical about the potential impact of the £196m that has been pledged for bursaries and scholarships to attract teachers in key subjects.
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The Department for Education has announced the money which will be used to fund scholarships, bursaries and salary grants in a bid to support “thousands of candidates” through their initial teacher training (see DfE, 2023 for full details).

It includes a move to bring scholarships for those training to teach mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing up to £30,000 tax-free. There will also be scholarships for French, German and Spanish worth £27,000.

For 2024/25, the number of post-graduate bursaries on offer has increased to cover 12 subjects:

There are also under-graduate bursaries worth £9,000 on offer for those studying QTS courses starting in 2024/25 in maths, physics, computing, or languages.

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