Bursary bungles hit students
It has restricted bursaries for pre-service PGCE and Cert Ed students to those training in so called "priority areas", despite the fact that its professionalisation agenda extends beyond particular subjects. It has also reduced the amount of money available for even these bursaries and left the announcement about that decision until after students had accepted places on the understanding that they would receive a bursary. And, finally, in-service PGCE and Cert Ed students are subject to a postcode lottery under which those living in some local authority areas will receive financial support while those from other areas will not. This triple-whammy will undermine the Government's laudable objectives. A bit more joined-up thinking is required."
James Rogers Executive director Universities Council for the Education of Teachers Alfred Place, London WC1