Teachers: Recruitment

Department for Education written question – answered at on 20 September 2023.

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Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what sum her Department spent on the recruitment of teachers in each of the past five years.

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

The Department funds a range of initiatives to support Initial Teacher Training (ITT) recruitment.

The Department has announced a financial incentives package worth up to £181 million for those starting initial ITT in the 2023/24 academic year. The Department is providing bursaries worth up to £27,000 and scholarships worth up to £29,000 to encourage trainees to apply to train in key secondary subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computing.

As well as bursaries and scholarships, the ITT financial incentives budget includes grant funding for salaried ITT courses.

The Department recently announced that the School Teachers’ Review Body’s recommendations for the 2023/24 pay award for teachers and head teachers have been accepted in full. This means that teachers and head teachers in maintained schools will receive a pay award of 6.5%. This is the highest pay award for teachers in over thirty years. The award also delivers the manifesto commitment of a minimum £30,000 starting salary for school teachers in all regions in England, with a pay award of up to 7.1% for new teachers outside London.

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