Bursaries for chemistry, physics and modern foreign language teachers

Trainee teachers in maths, chemistry, physics and modern foreign languages can get up to £35,000 during training and the first four years of their career.

They can get up to £26,000 during training, with an additional £6,000 to be paid across the first four years of their career, from 2020/21. For those working in high need areas, these additional payments will rise to £9,000.

Teachers in three subjects – chemistry, physics and modern foreign languages – will receive these early career payments for the first time, while trainees in maths have benefitted from phased bursaries for the last two years.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "The inspirational role of a talented, dedicated and committed teacher can never be understated and is the one constant that all of us can remember from our time at school.

"I want both the brightest and the best talent to be drawn to the teaching profession and for schools to compete with the biggest employers in the labour market.

"The bursaries we are announcing today, along with the 2.75% pay rise for all teachers and school leaders this academic year, will do just that, while ensuring that those who stay in the classroom will benefit most."

Trainee teachers in Art & Design and Business Studies are also set to benefit from new bursaries of £9,000.

The DfE reviews bursaries each year, tacking account of both recruitment to date and the future need for teachers in each subject. Being able to change the incentive amounts provides flexibility to respond to recruitment need and other government priorities.


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