Will Bursary Cuts Affect Primary Teacher Trainees?

This year the shortage of primary teachers has not continued, however with new cuts to trainee teacher’s bursaries experts fear that the teacher primary teacher recruitment crisis will return.

 

The following figures have been put forward by the department of education show a worrying trend of huge funding cuts got the year 2016-2017.

 

Role

Degree

Bursary Cut

Primary Teacher Trainees

1:1 or PhD

-£6000

Primary Teacher Trainees

2:1 or MA

-£1000

Primary Maths Teacher Trainees

2:2 or higher

-£6000

Primary Maths Teacher Trainees

Lower than 2:2

-£6000

 

These bursaries are used by many to pay for living expenses or paying back some of the £9000 of tuition fees. These massive cuts have been criticized by many, including honorary research fellow from Oxford University and expert in teaching workforce, Prof John Howson who described the cuts as ‘very risky’.  

 

Lizana Oberholzer, of the National Association of School Based Teacher Trainers, also voiced her concerns that ‘the reduction of bursaries could mean it is not attractive for people to train to teach’ and how ‘we are worried we won't be able to recruit high quality teacher trainees without the incentive of high value bursaries in the future’. She went on to explain how just because we do not have a national shortage of teachers this year nationally, there could still be local shortages which she feels are obvious in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire where she is based.

 

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