Teaching Profession: Recruitment

Education – in the House of Commons on 22nd June 2020.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

What steps he is taking to attract new recruits to the teaching profession in England.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Our recruitment and retention strategy sets out our plans to attract high-quality recruits to the profession. The “Get into teaching” marketing campaign provides information to trainees, including on the availability of tax-free bursaries and scholarships worth up to £28,000 in certain subjects. We have also set out plans to increase the minimum starting salary for teachers to £30,000 by September 2022.

Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

Sadly, many people are losing their jobs or are threatened with redundancy, and we know there is a mass shortage of teachers of physics and maths in particular. Will my right hon. Friend enable schools to second people from industry to fill the vacancies, so that people with talent can fill the vacuum?

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The organisation Now Teach, which was set up by Lucy Kellaway and which we support, has seen a huge surge of interest from people like the ones my hon. Friend suggests. It helps career changers to come into teaching. We have also seen a 12% increase in applications to teacher training in the last quarter, to the end of May.