In a bid to boost teacher numbers, the government is offering teachers an extra £2,000 per year if they agree to work in a deprived area.
The payments will be made to schools in deprived and remote communities who are struggling to keep and find teaching staff.
The cash will be in addition to the generous bursaries that are already offered to trainee teachers with various areas struggling to recruit in foreign languages, maths and physics.
The schools’ minister, Nick Gibb, says that the money will act as an incentive for those teachers in maths and physics for Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East and around 12 ‘opportunity areas’ including Hastings, Blackpool and Norwich.
The money comes from a £10 million investment pot that was set aside in last year’s budget.
Encouraging trainee teachers in deprived areas
The pilot is aimed at creating a new way of encouraging trainee teachers in deprived areas to remain working in the profession and not leave during their career’s first five years.
Currently, there is a high dropout rate of young teachers and they will be paid the incentive if they remain in the profession and are teaching in the same area. They must also teach the same subject for two years and have been in teaching for less than five years.
The new scheme is based on the potentially huge impact that a retention payment can have on new teachers from research put together by the Gatsby Foundation.
Mr Gibb said: “Teaching remains a popular career and we want to ensure we can attract and keep the best and brightest graduates.”
Helping to encourage graduates to enter teaching
One recent national newspaper analysis revealed that every year millions of pounds in training bursaries are being spent on helping to encourage graduates to enter teaching – but they then never work in a classroom.
The National Education Union’s joint general secretary, Kevin Courtney, said: “We are sure that maths and physics teachers in some areas will appreciate a bit extra in their pay packets.
“But it’s clear the education secretary wants to avoid a root and branch solution to the retention and recruitment crisis.”
He added that various analyses and reports, including one published by the Department for Education, reveal that bursaries, ‘golden hellos’ and financial incentives are ‘not a magical solution’.