Teachers: Mathematics

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

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the effectiveness of bursaries for teacher training in mathematics and primary with mathematics.

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

There is strong evidence that offering bursaries increases Initial Teacher Training (ITT) recruitment. The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has published research that corroborates Departmental analysis that a £1,000 increase in bursary value results in an approximate 3% increase in applicants on average, all other things being equal.

For those starting ITT in the 2023/24 academic year, the Department is offering tax free bursaries of £27,000 and scholarships of £29,000 in secondary mathematics. The Department does not currently offer a bursary for primary with mathematics. The total ITT financial incentives package is worth up to £181 million for the 2023/24 academic year, a £52 million increase on the previous year.

The Department reviews bursaries each year before deciding the offer for trainees starting ITT the following academic year. In doing this, a number of factors are taken into account including historic recruitment, forecast economic conditions, and teacher supply need in each subject and phase.

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