Professional Development

Can Diversity In Teacher Trainees Be Improved By Bursaries – New Research!

New research on the impact bursaries can have on the characteristics of teacher training applicants throws a light on whether they improve equality and diversity in teaching. Jack Worth and Emma Hollis explain their findings.

Bursaries for postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) are a key policy tool, used by government to attract more people to enter teacher training, particularly for high-priority subjects that might otherwise struggle to recruit enough teachers. Bursaries also represent a significant amount of government expenditure: up to £129 million for the 2022/23 trainee teacher cohort.

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