Your article "Shortage subjects could face crisis under Tory 'elitism' pledge" (January 22) claims the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) "announced that it would be slashing its golden hellos for various subjects". That's not true.
All golden hellos remain intact and unchanged. Owing to strong recruitment performance across all secondary subjects, linked to reducing demand for newly qualified secondary teachers, we reduced the postgraduate training bursaries for some secondary subjects from #163;9,000 to #163;6,000 and for others from #163;6,000 to the current threshold of #163;4,000.
The key changes were: #163;9,000 to #163;6,000 for modern languages, music and religious education; and #163;6,000 to #163;4,000 for art design, business studies, citizenship, dance and drama, history, physical education and a range of other smaller sized secondary subjects.
The training bursary rate for a postgraduate trainee in biology and combinedgeneral science will reduce from #163;9,000 to #163;6,000 in order to balance the proportions of total trainee science teachers between those that train to teach chemistry or physics and those that train to teach biology or combinedgeneral science.
Giles Field, Head of media relations, Training and Development Agency for Schools.