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Stem teacher training’s £2m bursaries boost

A similar fund in England resulted in a increase in applications, but will a cash incentive work in Scotland?

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Bursaries of £20,000 for career changers willing to train as teachers of maths, computing science, physics or technical education were announced this month by the Scottish government. There will be 100 bursaries available and a total of £2 million invested in the scheme.

However, in England bursaries of up to £30,000 have been offered for a number of years – and yet the government there has failed to hit its teacher recruitment targets.

Here, we explore the issues.

What exactly is the Scottish government proposing?

As of next year, bursaries of £20,000 will be available in a bid to attract ...

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