Only one path to the `golden hello'

FOUR thousand pounds for newly-qualified teachers who complete the induction year, but only if they did a postgraduate certificate in education. Not only did they get pound;6,000 for training, but they now get a pound;4,000 "golden hello". As I did not do a PGCE, but did a four-year BA Hons with qualified teacher status, I do not qualify for this payment. Does this sound daft to anyone else?

The Government has attracted people to the PGCE by offering money, and then encouraged them to stay in teaching by offering more money. Do these people really want to teach? Or has the money attracted them? On leaving sixth form I opted for a route with teaching in all four years of my course. Now the Government says those who entered the profession this way do not need a "golden hello". Does this mean it sees these teachers as more likely to stay in teaching without the bonus?

Andrew Jones

9 Tipperary Street

Carrbrook, Stalybridge, Cheshire

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