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PLANS FOR TEACHERS'£5,000 'GOLDEN HELLOS'

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Plans to be announced tomorrow to combat acute staff shortages in schools mean maths and science teachers could be ...
Plans to be announced tomorrow to combat acute staff shortages in schools mean maths and science teachers could be paid 'golden hellos' of up to£5,000, reports The Independent (p4).

The special payments for newly qualified teachers are expected to form part of a package of measures designed to reverse the decline in recruits coming into schools.

David Blunkett, the education secretary, will announce measures to increase the popularity of teaching ahead of a green paper, due to be published later this year which will outline fundamental reform of teachers' pay and conditions.

A government source said yesterday that recruitment of primary school teachers was on target for this year, but admitted that attracting sufficient secondary school teachers remained a problem.

Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, warned that differential pay rates would not solve the recruitment problem. 'The real issue to address,' he said, 'is the poor pay and the poor working conditions in the whole teaching profession.'

Mathematics and science teachers are to be paid more than arts teachers under government plans to reform the salary structure in schools, reported The Sunday Times (p12). It says ministers are

proposing that some teachers should be paid up to£2,000 a year more in an attempt to resolve a crisis in recruitment of staff in particular subject areas.

The proposed change is set out in the government's submission to the school teachers' pay review body which will determine salaries from 1999. Teachers in other subjects suffering staff shortages such as

modern languages and design and technology, would also benefit under the scheme.

However, The Sunday Telegraph (p1) said 'golden hellos' worth£5,000 will be given to maths and since teachers when they start their careers. The£5,000 salary top-up will be paid in stages over

several years to encorage maths and science teachers to stay in the profession.

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