Bursaries didn't solve the teacher shortage - figures reveal.
Figures released by the DfE today show that the teachers taken on in 2017 with bursaries are less likely to be teaching now.
The figures support industry suspicions at the time that yet another incentive aimed at increasing trainees, instead of tackling the retention crisis, was a mis-allocation of resources.
The government's full report on initial teacher training profiles for 2017-18 evidences the true shortcomings the current teacher training system success as a strategy to create a workable workforce for our schools moving forward.
It also finds that:
- There were in total (bursaried and unbursaried) 27,878 final year postgraduate trainee teachers in the 2017/18 academic year of which 25,490 (91%) gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
- Already nearly a fifth (19%) of 2017's NQTs were not teaching 16 months later
- The ones eligible for the (up to) £30,000 bursary were less likely to be teaching now (21%)
- Physics fared slightly worse with nearly 25% of the £30,000 bursary 2017 students not teaching 16 months later
- 92% of the bursaried students (10,089) completed the course to achieve QTS
- SCITT comes out on top: A higher proportion of post grads on a school-led route (93%) were awarded QTS compared to those on a uni-led (HEI) route (90%)
Following a refreshed acknowledgement of values in the Teacher Recruitment and Retention strategy last year, the government will now focus on its other strategies to improve the levels of teaching talent in the education workforce, such as the promise to pay £2,000 retention bonuses for physics and maths teachers.
They have also pledged to increase salaries to £30,000 by 2023, should all political factors go in their favour, of course.
About the author
Katie Newell BA(Hons) PGCE is an ex-primary school teacher, Head of Maths, Head of Year five and languages specialist. Katie qualified in Psychology at Liverpool then specialised in Primary Languages for her PGCE at Reading. Before teaching, Katie was a financial commentator and is now the Content Manager for eteach.com and fejobs.com. Katie feels passionately that teachers are the unsung heroes of society; that opening minds to creative timetabling could revolutionise keeping women in teaching, and that a total change to pupil feedback is the key to solving the work life balance issue for the best job in the world.