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New Teacher training incentives announced

Education Minister Leighton Andrews has announced Welsh Government incentive grants for postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) courses for the 2013/14 academic year.
Friday 28 December 2012
As in 2012/13 support is being focussed on targeting priority subjects and the recruitment of high calibre candidates:
  • priority incentives will be available for new eligible students starting postgraduate ITT courses in the 2013/14 academic year in mathematics, physics, chemistry, modern foreign languages, ICT and Welsh  
  • these incentives will be variable depending on degree qualifications.  Eligible postgraduate students with a first class degree will receive the highest funding levels, with progressively lower amounts for those with a 2.1 or 2.2.  Funding will not be available for those without at least a 2.2 degree classification.
Outside of the priority subjects, only new eligible students with a first class degree starting postgraduate ITT courses in the 2013/14 academic year in all other designated secondary subjects or in primary studies will receive an incentive grant of £3,000. 

A further supplement of £1,000 is being made available to those primary PGCE ITT entrants whose 1st degree classification is in the subjects of English, mathematics and Welsh to raise standards in literacy and numeracy. 

This support builds on the availability of the tuition fee grant, which is available to students ordinarily resident in Wales who start full-time postgraduate ITT courses in the 2013/14 academic year on the same basis as undergraduate courses.

Leighton Andrews said: 

“The ITT incentive grants we are making available for the 2013/14 academic year are aimed at continuing to strengthen the quality of ITT in Wales by encouraging the most talented graduates to enter teaching.  

“Our approach targets specific priority postgraduate secondary subjects; supports recruitment of the best graduates, including those with first class degrees outside the key priority subjects while also recognising the benefits of recruiting mathematics, English and Welsh specialists into primary to improve literacy and numeracy. 

“This decision endorses our approach of supporting Welsh students to train to teach in Wales.”

The initial teacher training (ITT) incentive grants available in Wales for new eligible students on specified postgraduate (PGCE) ITT courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status starting in the 2013/14 academic year are as follows:-

Honours degree qualification of student Postgraduate secondary courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, modern languages, ICT and Welsh
 Postgraduate secondary courses in design & technology, English, biology, history, RE, art, PE, music, drama, business studies, outdoor studies, general science and geography
Postgraduate primary courses
Additional primary supplement for those with degrees in English, Welsh and mathematics
 1st (and 2.1 in physics)  £15,000  £3,000 £1,000
 

2.1

(not physics)

 £10,000
 £0
£0
 2.2
 £6,000
 £0
£0

Eligible students with either a 1st or 2.1 honours degree qualification on physics postgraduate ITT courses starting in the 2013/14 academic year would receive the £15,000 incentive grant.

ITT incentive grants will only be available in the subjects or study areas listed above.  For secondary combined courses, the qualifying subject would be the main subject studied.  

Eligible students who are ordinarily resident in Wales and starting full-time postgraduate ITT courses in the 2013/14 academic year can also receive a tuition fee grant of up to £5,425.  

The incentives relate to courses which lead to Qualified Teacher Status.  They do not apply to further education teacher training courses.

Grants are available to students on designated courses meeting specified eligibility criteria.  Terms and conditions apply.

Grants are only available for specified postgraduate ITT courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status starting in the 2013/14 academic year.  No availability of incentives at these rates for future years is implied. Subjects/phase is subject to change in future years depending on recruitment and policy priorities.
 

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