£20k 'bribe' to train as a teacher

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Kid in a classroomGraduates with a first-class degree could be in line for a £20,000 handout from the government - if they opt to become a teacher. It's part of a new package that will be shortly be announced by Michael Gove. This new cash 'bribe' is likely to be particularly focused on graduates willing to train as maths or science teachers. Tempted?



Comms skills needed

The new reforms arrive on the back of some serious worries about the effectiveness of teacher training, with some 10% of trainees failing to make the grade while another 10%, following teacher training, chucking it in for another profession.

But do academically bright graduates make the best teachers? Not always. Communication skills are a big part of a teacher's job. "Sometimes the teachers who struggled themselves make the best teachers as they understand the problems children can have," a spokesman for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers told the Mail.

However all's not lost. Those with a 2:1 degree are in line to get £15,000 while those with a 2:2 will get £11,000.

Mismatch?

"Our teachers are trained in some of the best institutions in the world," Gove will say today, "but the schools which employ these teachers do not get enough of a say in how they are trained and training does not focus sharply enough on the techniques teachers most need, such as behaviour management and the effective teaching of reading."

And for that do you need communication skills or a first? What about encouraging more new teachers from the private sector? People with perhaps one or two decades of work experience behind them to give, rather than recruiting young people straight from college with little experience of life or work, whether clutching a first or not.

But the cash deal looks likely, almost certainly, to be only offered to graduates. Shame.