£10 million fund to recruit 600 more career changers


More than £10 million will be pumped into the development of programmes designed to recruit and retrain business leaders and PhD graduates in readiness for teaching, the government has announced.

Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb revealed three organisations – Cognition Education, Now Teach and The Brilliant Club – will see a £10.7 million investment split between them.

It is hoped that as many as 600 new teachers will be recruited and supported across the next two years following the investment.

The new funding will seek to attract talented individuals from leading fields so that they can share their skills in classrooms across the UK.

Mr Gibb said that teachers have a hugely influential role to play, before adding that the move should drive up standards across the education system.

“We have one of the most talented generations of teachers working in our schools and we want to build on that,” he explained.

“By focusing on skilled professionals who want to change careers and PhD graduates, we can ensure pupils are benefiting from the broadest range of skills, expertise and life experience.”

Charity Now Teach has encouraged more than 120 professionals from a range of corporate backgrounds to retrain as teachers in core subjects including maths, science and modern foreign languages.

Cognition Education meanwhile will target career changes in the north of North East and North West, as well as in the East Midlands and Yorkshire, with a special focus on graduates with engineering backgrounds.

Both organisations will receive £3 million each, spread across the next two academic years, which will assist with assessments, recruitment and retraining.

Now Teach founder Lucy Kellaway said the funding will enable the charity to extend its programmes and to work with career changes to ensure they stay in teaching after swapping careers.

The final £4.7 million will assist the Brilliant Club with recruiting PhD graduates to EBacc subjects, with around 70% of the intake expected to be from physics and maths backgrounds.

Government figures reveal that more than 32,700 teachers were recruited in the last year, up 3% on the year previously.

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