Wales plans cash incentives to boost teacher recruitment

New and improved incentives have been introduced to attract top graduates into teaching in Wales.

The Welsh government is hoping a further cash incentive will see a new generation of secondary school teachers entering the profession in the coming years to boost results in physics, chemistry, maths, Welsh, foreign languages and computer science.

Education secretary Kirsty Williams said she was announcing these incentives for the academic year 2018/19 early so that the Welsh government could provide “clarity and assurance in our commitment to our newest teachers”.

The drive is part of a series of reforms by the Welsh government aimed at improving Wales’ PISA score.

Ms Williams announced that graduates with a 1st (or a PhD/Master’s) undertaking secondary postgraduate initial teacher education (ITE) programmes in mathematics, Welsh, computer science, physics and chemistry will now receive a £20,000 incentive, while modern language students will receive £15,000 to help them with their training.

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