Department for Education extends teacher bursary programme


Graduates with lower-class degrees will be eligible for bursaries under reshaped government recruitment plans.

The Department of Education has revealed that graduates with 2:2 degrees who train to become teachers in history, design technology, religious studies and music will have access to its bursaries scheme.

Those who train in the subjects from 2019-2020 will be the first cohort eligible, as currently only trainee teachers with a first or 2:1 can access the finances.

The move seeks to boost recruitment in the subjects, as both design technology and religious studies did not meet government recruitment targets last year.

Meanwhile, the move to recruit history teachers follows a 2.2% increase in the number of pupils taking history at GCSE level this year.

Under the new plans, both history and design technology trainees with a 2:2 degree will receive a £12,000 tax-free bursary.

This marks an increase on the old system when only those with a first were eligible for £12,000, while those with a 2:1 received £9,000.

Meanwhile trainee RE and music teachers with a 2:2 will now be able to get £9,000, an amount reserved for only those with a first class degree under the old system.

Higher bursaries for those completing training in physics, chemistry, biology, languages, geography, computing and the classics will remain in place.

That means trainee teachers completing those subjects can access £26,000, provided they have a 2:2 level degree or above.

At the same time, a student loan reimbursement pilot for teachers of the sciences, computing and languages will continue, as does a trial relating to early career payments for maths teachers.

Scholarships for physics, chemistry, languages, computing and geography worth £28,000, as well as one for £22,000 in maths, will continue to be available.