Top graduates to get up to £30k


Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, has announced that top graduates are to be offered up to £30,000 tax free to train to teach the key subjects - like maths and physics - that help young people reach their full potential.

To ensure all pupils, regardless of background, receive the best possible education, the government wants every child to study the academic qualifications at GCSE that will help them succeed in life - whether it is securing a place at university, an apprenticeship or their first job. Pupils who started secondary school last month will all have the opportunity to study the key English Baccalaureate (EBAcc) subjects of English, maths, science, history or geography, and a language at GCSE.

To help attract the best and brightest graduates with the potential to be exceptional teachers in the core Ebacc subjects, the government have published details of the increased tax-free bursaries and prestigious scholarships available for the academic year 2016 to 2017.

These include:

  • £30,000 tax free for graduates with a first class degree who are training to teach physics, an increase from £25,000 in 2015 to 2016 - trainees in physics with a 2:1 will continue to receive a £25,000 bursary, and trainees with a 2:2 will also now receive £25,000, up from £15,000 last year
  • increased bursaries of up to £25,000 in other EBacc subjects including maths, biology, chemistry, computing, languages and geography
  • continuing the increased funding available to schools offering School Direct (salaried)     places in maths and physics to boost starting salaries in these subjects - trainees can earn over £21,000 nationally and £25,00 in inner London
  • a further 700 prestigious tax-free scholarships worth up to £30,000 for physics and £25,000 for maths, chemistry and computing trainees, delivered in partnership with the professional bodies for these subjects

Mr Gibb said: “Teaching now attracts more top graduates than ever before. To ensure we can continue to attract the best and brightest graduates into the profession, with the potential to be excellent teachers in these key subjects, we are continuing to offer a wide range of bursaries and scholarships.

“These new financial incentives will give more talented people the opportunity to become teachers so they can inspire even more young people to achieve their full potential.”

As well as financial benefits, scholars will enjoy a range of perks including free membership to professional bodies, access to resources and events to support them during their training, and early career support through their first years of teaching.


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