PhD graduates offered up to £40,000


Leading graduates with PhDs are being offered salaries of up to £40,000 to work in schools, in a government drive to attract some of the best brains into the classroom.

An astrophysicist, an archaeologist and a published author are among those who have previously secured places on the 2-year on-the-job school training programme, Researchers in Schools.

The application window for the second round of interviews for the scheme is now open, with places still available across the country.

More than 70% of the first wave of recruits from top universities are training to teach maths and physics, through the government-supported Maths and Physics Chairs programme.

The Researchers in Schools programme is the world’s only teacher training course that requires applicants to have a PhD in their subject.

Trainee teachers on the programme are given time to continue with their academic studies. They become Honorary Research Associates at King’s College London or another leading university.

School Reform Minister Nick Gibb said: "As part of our plan for education, we are committed to attracting the best graduates, including those with PhDs, into the classroom from our leading universities.

"The Researchers in Schools programme is helping to attract accomplished experts into our schools - to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for their subject.

"Over two-thirds of existing teachers already hold a 2:1 degree or better - and this programme will help us go further and raise standards in vital subjects like maths and physics."

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