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Teachers offered more cash to train in poorer schools

14/06/2012 Joanna
The government is to offer extra funding to graduate teachers who take up training posts in areas of shortage.

This will include both schools that struggle to attract good candidates for teaching jobs as well as subjects that are understaffed.

As part of the proposals, which are to be announced by education secretary Michael Gove in a speech at the National College conference in Birmingham later today, teachers who train at England's more deprived schools will be offered up to £5,000 in extra bursary payments.

Additional funding will also be provided to graduates who take up primary school teacher training jobs in mathematics.

The announcement comes as part of the government's drive to improve the quality of teaching in England by making the profession more attractive and raising the standard of trainee teacher recruitment.

To attract the best graduates, the Department for Education is now offering leading university leavers bursaries of up to £20,000 to cover their training – the additional funds will mean that graduates could be awarded as much as £25,000 tax-free for their training.

The government is also leading a drive to move teacher training away from university classrooms and into schools where it can offer more hands-on experience.

"The impact of these changes on initial teacher training will be revolutionary," Mr Gove will say.

"By the end of this parliament well over half of all training places will be delivered by schools.

"The idea is a simple one: take the very best schools, ones that are already working to improve other schools, and put them in charge of teacher training and professional development for the whole system."

In line with this "revolution" in teacher training, the Department for Education has also announced that it is strengthening the literacy and numeracy standards expected of newly-qualifying teachers, with new tests set to come into effect from September 2013.

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