Languages: Teachers

Department for Education written question – answered on 28th September 2022.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he will take to increase the level of recruitment of language teachers in England.

Photo of Jonathan Gullis Jonathan Gullis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

For the 2022/23 academic year, the Department has increased the languages bursary to £15,000 as we recognise that recruiting languages trainees will remain challenging. All languages trainee teachers on tuition fee-funded Initial Teacher Training routes are also able to apply for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to support their living costs. Additional student finance is also available depending on individual circumstances, such as the Childcare Grant.

The Department has also committed to introducing a new scholarship to attract the most talented language graduates to the profession. Further details will be announced in due course.

The Department continues to develop policies to increase the supply of specialist languages teachers by focusing on new interventions, covering a broad range of areas, such as growing awareness and experience of teaching among undergraduates.

This includes the Teaching Internships programme, which gives undergraduates studying for a degree in certain subjects the opportunity to experience teaching. For 2023 this programme will be available to modern foreign language students nationally, after a successful pilot in the North-East during 2022. This programme is part of the Get into Teaching service, supporting prospective teachers through their journey into the profession.

To attract the best languages teachers from around the world the Department is also bringing forward a package of new measures to make teaching in England even more attractive. This includes:

  • a relocation premium to help those moving to England with the costs of visas and other expenses
  • bursary and scholarship entitlement for international trainees with the potential to be excellent teachers in priority subjects
  • a new approach to recognising overseas qualifications so that high-quality teachers wherever they are from can come to teach in England.

The Department remains on track for delivering our manifesto commitment of a £30,000 starting salary. This helps to raise the status of the teaching profession and provide a pay offer that better motivates teachers to stay. This is particularly important at early career, where pay has the most impact for recruitment and retention.

The Department has accepted the School Teachers’ Review Body’s recommendations of a significant 8.9% pay uplift to the teacher starting salary outside London in 2022/23, bringing it up to £28,000. This is an uplift of £2,286.

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