Cash incentives for maths and physics teachers – Friday 24 May 2019

This week I report on a pilot to offer early career maths and physics teachers a £2k incentive to increase rates of retention in the profession, the first meeting of an expert panel reviewing teacher training and support and the announcement of the expansion of Careers Hubs.

New cash incentives for maths and physics teachers
Early career maths and physics teachers in the North East, Yorkshire & the Humber and Opportunity Areas will receive a £2,000 Government incentive as part of a drive to increase rates of retention among teachers of these subjects.

The initiative announced yesterday is backed by £10 million investment set aside from last year’s Budget and the pilot will test a new way of incentivising maths and physics teachers to remain in the profession during the first five years of their career.

The scheme is based on evidence from the Gatsby Foundation and Education Policy Institute, which highlighted the potentially significant impact of such retention payments. The pilot runs alongside Government plans set out in the Teacher Recruitment & Retention Strategy to improve incentives on offer to teachers in England to include retention-based payments for those who stay in the profession by staggering additional payments throughout the first years of their career.

New support for trainee teachers
As part of the Government’s Recruitment & Retention Strategy, the Early Career Framework guarantees that new teachers will receive a two-year package of training and support at the start of their career, including a reduced timetable to allow teachers to make the most of their training.

A panel of experts led by Professor Sam Twiselton OBE, Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University has now met and will be reviewing the content of teacher training and recommending ways to align this with the Early Career Framework.

Extra investment has been pledged, through the £42 million Teacher Development Premium, to roll-out the Early Career Framework early in the North East, Bradford, Doncaster and Greater Manchester.

The group is expected to make its final recommendations by the end of this summer, with publication timed to support the national roll-out of both the Early Career Framework and Ofsted’s new inspection framework.

Expansion of Careers Hubs
Last year, The Careers & Enterprise Company launched the first 20 Careers Hubs across England, with each Hub bringing together a group of up to 40 schools and colleges to improve careers support for young people in their area.

This week the DfE has announced a second wave of 18 new and two expanded Careers Hubs, backed by a further £2.5 million investment. Schools and colleges will have access to support and funding, including an expert Hub Lead to help coordinate activity and build networks, a central fund to support employer engagement activities, and training for a Careers Leader in each school and college.