Drive to recruit more maths teachers falls short of target

05 May 2017

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According to a Freedom of Information request made by FE Week, the government’s ‘Golden Hello’ scheme helped to recruit just 13 maths teachers in its first year.

The scheme, designed to encourage the best graduates to take up maths teaching and combat a shortage in specialists, hoped to recruit over 500 practitioners into FE by offering a £7500 bonus to individuals.

Despite this disappointing figure, an incentive scheme for providers proved more effective, recruiting 280 specialist graduate maths teachers. The Education and Training Foundation run scheme offered organisations a bonus payment of between £20,000-£30,000 for each maths specialist recruited. A government spokesperson said that they would continue to offer ‘generous financial incentives’ to those who want to become FE English and maths teachers.

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