New scholarships to attract top chemistry graduates


New teacher training scholarships in chemistry have been announced, led by Royal Society of Chemistry.

Around 130 scholarships worth £20,000 each will be available. Any graduate with a 2.1 or first class degree will be eligible to apply for a scholarship on a chemistry Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course.
Working with experts in teaching practice, the RSC will award scholarships to candidates with exceptional subject knowledge, enthusiasm for the study of chemistry, and outstanding potential to teach. The RSC’s relationship with the scholars will continue into their teaching careers to develop a cadre of outstanding chemistry teachers who are part of a community of chemists across schools, universities and industry.
The scholarship comes as part of the Government’s teacher training strategy, Training our next generation of outstanding teachers, and follows on from the success of the physics scholarship with the Institute of Physics.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said: "If we want to have an education system that ranks with the best in the world, then we need to attract the best people into the profession, and we need to give them outstanding training.
"By joining up with the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry, the scholarship will help make sure we have excellent chemistry teachers in this country with deep subject knowledge. They will help raise the status of the teaching profession and also make a huge difference in the lives of children."

Ministers have also confirmed the continuation of top training bursaries of up to £20,000 for the brightest graduates in core subjects. They have been re-focussed on priorities for the Government – EBacc subjects, computer science, music and PE, as well as more specialist maths primary teachers.
This follows on the success of last year’s bursary scheme. Figures show that around 65 per cent of teacher trainee entrants to university-based teacher training courses had a 2:1 or better – the highest proportion on record.

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