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To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the number of people entering the teaching profession.
The Government’s top priority is to ensure that teaching continues to be an attractive and fulfilling profession. A pay rise is being delivered of up to 3.5% for classroom teachers on the main pay range, 2% for those on the upper pay range and 1.5% for those in leadership positions. This is being supported by a Teachers' Pay Grant of over £500 million covering the difference between the first 1% that schools would have been anticipating under the previous public sector pay cap and the 2018 award.
A range of measures have been put in place, including generous bursaries, worth up to £26,000 for priority subjects, to encourage trainees to key subjects such as languages and physics. New financial incentives for priority subject teachers are also being tested. These include early career payments for new mathematics teachers and a student loan reimbursement scheme for languages and science teachers.
On 28 January 2019 the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy was launched which outlines four key areas for reform and investment. These are: creating the right climate for leaders to establish supportive school cultures; transforming support for early career teachers; building a career offer that remains attractive to teachers as their careers and lives develop and; making it easier for people to become teachers.
Designed collaboratively with the sector, the centrepiece of the strategy is the Early Career Framework, which will underpin a fully funded, 2 year package of structured support for all early career teachers linked to the best available research evidence. The strategy can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teacher-recruitment-and-retention-strategy.