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MORRIS ANNOUNCES£130M FOR TEACHER RECRUITMENT

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A£130m package of measures designed to tackle the problems of ...
A£130m package of measures designed to tackle the problems of

secondary teacher recruitment in subjects such as maths and science,

has been announced by schools standards minister Estelle Morris.

The package comes ahead of a new Green Paper which will offer

fundamental reforms to make teaching a more attractive profession.

Announcing the details of the package Ms Morris said:

'Ensuring that we have enough qualified teachers in secondary schools

to teach our children is essential if we are to raise educational

standards. The latest figures show that while we are recruiting

enough primary teachers the trend of recent years has continued and

we still do not have enough secondary teachers entering the

profession - particularly in maths and science.

'The package I am announcing today is aimed at making an immediate

impact on these figures. The major proposals are:

- a£5,000 incentive for all those graduates training for a Post

Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from next September and

going on to teach maths or science

- a new scheme to match 600 of the 7,000 people who have already told

the Teacher Training Agency (TTA) that they would like to train on

the job as teachers, to existing vacancies as maths and science

teachers

-£250,000 to support the establishment of a new network of advisers

at regional level to co-ordinate and revitalise local recruitment

activities

- mobilising the Employment Service (ES) to play its part in

encouraging candidates with suitable experience to retrain or return

to teaching. In particular, this includes new rapid response

procedures triggered by major redundancies and ES advisers working on

the spot with local training providers

- active encouragement to get former teachers to return to teaching.

We have already acted to remove the pension disincentive to returning

teachers and also ensuring that schools are encouraged to recruit

older teachers. The teaching profession will also be included within

our action programme to counter ageism.

'The key element of this package is targeted help - help to get

teachers into jobs where there are particular shortages like maths

and science, help to match people who would like to learn on-the-job

with the opportunities out there, and help through a team of

specialists giving advice on local recruitment initiatives such as

help with childcare or housing.

'It is vital that we take early action to tackle recruitment problems

and many of these initiatives will be in place this academic year.

These measures are in addition to the existing special student

support measures we have introduced for teacher training including

the full waiver of the tuition fee for all PGCE students and the #10m

hardship fund administered by the TTA giving specific help to those

most in need.

'The TTA will also build on its current schemes by:

- the sponsorship of taster courses for over 3,000 people next year;

and of bridging and returner courses for over 1,000 people

- doubling the numbers doing on-the-job training to 1,000 next year,

in addition to the 600 new places for maths and science trainees

- negotiating targets with each provider of initial teacher training

for the numbers of ethnic minority trainees and male trainees to whom

they will offer places

'Few jobs offer the chance to develop and inspire children in the way

that a teacher can. I want to create new opportunities for teachers

to give them recognition,advancement and professional development. I

know that in return we can expect to see a generation of new entrants

and teachers returning to a vital profession.'

NOTE TO EDITORS

1. The regional recruitment advisors will initially be recruited in

seventeen areas. Contacts for the advisors are:

Bristol City Mark Williams 0117 903 7835

East Sussex Rowena Kerr 01273 481204

Essex John Parker 01245 436247

Hackney Victor Candlish 0181 356 8436

Hammersmith & Fulham Patrick Allen 0181 576 5473

Hertfordshire Mick Connah 01992 588590

Hillingdon Kay Arthur 0181 841 5472

Kent Richard Anderson 01622 694284

Lancashire Chris Lennox or Nina Southworth 01772 261776/261885

Luton Hazel Burgess 01582 548050

Newham Mr T Matthews 0181 557 6110

NE Lincolnshire Janice Lord 01472 323022

Redcar & Cleveland Jonathan Watts 01642 444359

Southwark & Lambeth John Taylor 0171 525 5319

Surrey Frank Offer 01375 652302

Thurrock Paul Coleman 0181 541 9535

West Sussex D S Sword 01243 777100

2. The£130m package will be spent over the next three years

and applies to England only.

3. Particular recruitment problems exist in two areas - with the

numbers going on to specialise in maths down around 50% on target and

in science down around 30% on target.

4. The package of measures announced today is in addition to the

range of TTA activity already ongoing. This includes:

The teaching advocate scheme under which over 200 teachers will

promote their profession;

A new commercial to be launched later this year to follow up on the

success of the 'No One Forgets A Good Teacher' campaign;

A national hotline (01245 454 454) and website (www.teach.org.uk)

Advice service at careers fairs and conferences;

Work with higher education mathematics and modern language

departments.

Disability focus group and other activities focused on attracting

more people with disabilities.

Marketing workshops for ITT providers.

'Teaching as a New Career'- a special scheme designed to smooth the

path of career changers from business and industry into teaching.

School careers events.

Joint seminars with LEAs.

Target Teaching -a scheme to attract those leaving the Armed Forces

into teaching.

Research into attitudes to teaching.

Research database - TTA is developing a database of all aspects of

research into teacher recruitment and retention.

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