£20k of­fer for best grad­u­ates to train as teach­ers in Wales

Cynon Valley - - HEALTH CHECK WALES - AB­BIE WIGHTWICK ab­bie.wightwick@waleson­line.co.uk

THE bright­est grad­u­ates are be­ing wooed with a prom­ise of £20,000 to train as teach­ers in Wales.

The cash would go to those with a first-class de­gree, a PhD or masters in com­puter science, physics, chem­istry, maths or Welsh.

It is the first time com­puter science is listed as a pri­or­ity sub­ject el­i­gi­ble for the high­est level of in­cen­tive.

An­nounc­ing the cash in­cen­tives to the bright­est and best grad­u­ates start­ing teacher train­ing in 2018-19, the Welsh Gov­ern­ment said mod­ern lan­guage stu­dents with a first, a PhD or masters would re­ceive £15,000.

Stu­dents do­ing pri­mary PGCE stud­ies, whose sub­ject spe­cial­ism is in English, Welsh, maths, com­puter science, physics or chem­istry with a first, a PhD or masters, could get a £3,000 sup­ple­ment in ad­di­tion to the £3,000 in­cen­tive also avail­able.

A new Welsh medium in­cen­tive of £5,000 will be added to ex­ist­ing sup­port un­der the Welsh Medium Im­prove­ment Scheme.

Up to £2,500 will be paid to grad­u­ates suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing qual­i­fied teacher sta­tus and a fur­ther £2,500 af­ter com­plet­ing in­duc­tion in a Welshmedium or bilin­gual sec­ondary school, or af­ter com­plet­ing in­duc­tion in teach­ing Welsh in any sec­ondary set­ting.

An­nounc­ing the cash in­cen­tives, Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Kirsty Wil­liams said: “In Wales we ex­pe­ri­ence chal­lenges in re­cruit­ing to cer­tain sub­jects and in cer­tain ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tions. This is the chal­lenge we must, and will, rise to.

“That is why I have de­cided to an­nounce in­cen­tives for aca­demic year 2018-19 early. We are pro­vid­ing clar­ity and as­sur­ance in our com­mit­ment to our new­est teach­ers.

“Our am­bi­tious re­forms need well-sup­ported, high-qual­ity, as­pi­ra­tional teach­ers.

“We must there­fore at­tract and sup­port the best grad­u­ates.”

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