Government to fund bonuses for maths teachers


The government has confirmed that it will fund plans to give early career bonuses to maths teachers, with schools not required to contribute.

Designed to keep teaching staff in the profession, the bursary scheme for new maths teachers will see them receive £20,000 upfront at the point when they become secondary school teachers.

Provided that they remain in teaching, those staff will then receive two further payments of £5,000 in their third and fifth years of teaching.

The scheme has been altered from original plans though – the total amount available has increased, although the upfront payment has fallen in order to encourage staff to teach longer.

In a bid to “encourage the best maths teachers to teach in more challenging schools”, further funding of £7,500 will also be available.

Now the Department for Education has detailed that schools will not need to provide contributions towards the bonus payments, while teachers will receive the full payments without facing any deductions.

Income tax and the relevant national insurance contributions that apply to the teaching bonuses will be covered by the DfE.

The updated concepts for the maths bursaries were first introduced by Justine Greening in 2017, where she said that maths graduates could receive up to £35,000 in addition to their salary. 

This represented a rise on the previous maximum of £25,000, which was paid in one lump sum.

In order to qualify for the new bursaries, teachers must complete postgraduate secondary mathematics teacher training in the upcoming academic year.

Should the scheme have a positive influence on staff retention and recruitment, the DfE may then opt to roll it out further – an evaluation of the scheme will be carried out in due course.